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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:30 Source

In the October 1952 issue of Popular Science, we wrote about the fascinating, but strange, project spearheaded by 20 MIT students. They were tasked with designing new products to export to the Methanians. Before you go looking up what tiny country Methanians might call home, know that you aren't that geographically ignorant. The Methanians were a breed of aliens thought up by John E. Arnold, a mechanical engineering professor at MIT.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:30 Source

Sony made the Aibo virtual home companion for seven years. For a piece of consumer technology, that's an eternity, but even by the truncated standards of a dog's lifespan it is far too brief. Now, their robotic pets discontinued but beloved, Aibo owners are greeting the end of the technology's lifecycle in a powerfully human way: funerals. For robot dogs.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:30 Source

Covering over three and a half square miles, Bruce nuclear generation facility on the Eastern shore of Lake Huron houses eight nuclear reactors. It's also home to a Canadian temporary nuclear waste storage facility containing over 50,000 tons of waste. Filmed from overhead by drone, it's a sprawling expanse of snow, ice, and nondescript buildings. A serene mundanity, almost.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:30 Source

If you're always on Instagram, Snapchat, VSCO Cam, or pretty much any other photography app, HTC wants you to put its brand-new smartphone in your pocket.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:29 Source

With cameras and face-detection software everywhere these days, what's a privacy-loving citizen supposed to do? Anti-virus software maker AVG has a proposal: eyeglasses that thwart those technologies, thanks to infrared LEDs that are invisible to the human eye, but interfere with cameras' ability to see your face. (Want to see a simple version of this in action?

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:29 Source

HTC is teaming up with one of the gaming industry's biggest (and most beloved) companies, Valve, to launch a new virtual reality headset. What's even more exciting is that the consumer version of the VR headset is scheduled to launch before the end of the year.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:29 Source

When it comes to flying, one of the ways to become a better pilot is through flight simulations, but these can often feel unrealistic.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:29 Source

It's a question as old the zombie genre itself: If humans suddenly turned into contagious flesh-eating undead monsters, where should the survivors hide? In a paper to be presented at the March meeting of the Academy of Physical Sciences, a team from Cornell University made a dynamic statistical simulation of a zombie outbreak, and it turns out the best place to be is where people aren't.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:29 Source

If you're a outdoor runner, and you still haven't bought a wearable wristband to track your fitness goals, you might want to consider HTC's first wearable device—the Grip.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:29 Source

When I was learning to play the cello in high school, my cat Stella used to hide under my bed and yowl pitifully. I like to tell myself we just had different tastes. And there's probably something to that. Whereas humans like music to fall within our vocal range and have a tempo similar to a human heartbeat, those noises probably sound like demonic torture rituals to a cat.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:29 Source

Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have taken the first ever photograph of light as both a wave and a particle.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:29 Source

Despite what Kurt Vonnegut says, Saturn's largest moon Titan wouldn't be a very fun place to visit. The natural satellite boasts temperatures of -290 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as vast seas filled not with Earth's life-sustaining water, but with liquid methane. It's also possible that numerous active volcanoes on Titan burp out methane into the atmosphere, creating clouds that precipitate the chemical compound as rain or snow.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:29 Source

Fraud is a rampant problem in the credit card industry, and while technology like Apple Pay was supposed to improve the security of our finances, it turns out that it's only as secure as the people that back it.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:29 Source

Cranking up the tunes today may lead to the inability to hear them tomorrow, according the World Health Organization. Young people tend to turn the volume too high on their mobile music devices, as well as frequent noisy concerts and clubs. As a result, over 1.1 billion people ages 12-35 are at risk of hearing loss, the WHO said in a recent statement.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 10:11 Source

The post Munching on APRA’s wet lettuce regulation appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:33 Source

The Abbott government's attempts to shift public education funding into the private 'for profit' sector has hit a snag. 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:32 Source

By Frances Gilham NSW election news With a NSW state election coming up in March, discussion of state health policy has started to creep into the news. SMH journalist Amy Corderoy reported on a public health debate held between NSW Health Minister...

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:28 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:26 Source

The post Deloitte describes Australia’s Budget nightmare appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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The Tally Room Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 09:15 Source

Manly1-LIBManly is a safe Liberal seat in northern Sydney. In addition to Manly itself, the seat covers Balgowlah, Seaforth, Queenscliff, Curl Curl and parts of Brookvale.

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Digitopoly Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:44 Source

It turns out that it can tell you a lot.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 07:09 Source

At first glance I thought this was a Superman crossover. Instead, it's an offstage look at how Dave got himself in this mess. It was somebody else's fault!

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 05:57 Source

With warnings suddenly flying thick and fast, the history of bubbles has never seen the likes of what is unfolding in Australian property now. Some bubbles have sprung from unlikely sources such as tulips. Others have inflated around bright ideas that held little reality such as the South Sea Company. In stock markets bubbles have […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 05:33 Source

From the RBA’s infamously wrong shadow today: Contrary to the CAMA RBA Shadow Board, which on balance recommended a policy of no change, the Reserve Bank of Australia at its February meeting lowered the cash rate from 2.5% to 2.25%. The RBA pointed to a likely fall in economic growth over the next 12 months […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 05:32 Source

The recent revelations of orgies and pimping around Dominic Strauss-Kahn of the IMF have surprised few given that august institution’s record of debauched policy. And today we get further confirmation that contemporary economics is largely high with one the UK’s most prominent economists, in his own words “world leading“, getting done for smoking crack, from […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 05:31 Source

The post TPP pimps grog and ciggies over medicine appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 05:20 Source

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 02:30 Source

In contrast to the widespread criticism of Australia’s response to the West African Ebola outbreak, our lack of action in combatting the chronic illnesses in developing countries receives little or no attention. In the following piece, Samantha...

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 01:08 Source

From the Huff Post: Good news! China’s coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop in 14 years, according to official Chinese energy statistics released yesterday. Glen Peters of the Global Carbon Projectcalculates that China’s CO2 emissions have also fallen, by 0.7 percent, for the first time this century. So contrary to […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 01:07 Source

From the archives, this is quite entertaining in various ways, not least the accents. How the Pilbara was built! Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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