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Popular Science Friday, September 26, 2014 - 09:10 Source

If a new Facebook plan is successful, the easiest way to access the cloud may be ... in the clouds. Facebook wants to spread Wi-Fi Internet to unconnected parts of the world with drones, and at a summit in New York earlier this week, the company revealed those drones will be the size of jumbo jets.

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Popular Science Friday, September 26, 2014 - 09:10 Source

Desperate for details as you wait for the next installment in Game of Thrones? You're in luck. In what may be the first mathematics paper to include a spoiler alert, a New Zealand statistician has come up with a model to predict what's coming up in the final two (or three) Song Of Ice And Fire novels.

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Popular Science Friday, September 26, 2014 - 09:10 Source

Last June, the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone built a temporary ward in anticipation of an influx of Ebola patients. The makeshift building was covered with thin, tin metal sheets, haphazardly held to the walls by wire twist-ties. Robert Garry says that when the structure collapsed, it seemed inevitable.

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Popular Science Friday, September 26, 2014 - 09:10 Source

Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun. If that were the case, it would suggest that water might only be common around certain stars that form in certain ways. But a new study,published today in Science, suggests that at least some of Earth’s water actually existed before the Sun was born -- and that it came from interstellar space. 

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 26, 2014 - 08:46 Source

By Leith van Onselen With the Western Australian finances in disarray following the “unexpected” slump in the iron ore price, which threatens to blow a $1.5 billion hole in the State Budget, the State Government has resorted to tried and true method of flogging-off the states’ assets. As reported in Business Spectator today, the Western […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 26, 2014 - 08:19 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 26, 2014 - 07:48 Source

By Leith van Onselen Aussie Home Loans founder, John Symonds, has lambasted the idea of the RBA/APRA introducing macro-prudential curbs on high risk mortgage lending, instead arguing that the solution to lower house prices and improved affordability is to increase housing supply. From The SMH: “I think at the moment it [macro-prudential] is premature”… Big house […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 26, 2014 - 07:44 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 26, 2014 - 06:53 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 26, 2014 - 06:20 Source

By Martin North, cross-posted from the Digital Finance Analytics Blog: In a speech yesterday in Melbourne, the RBA governor, Glenn Stevens said macroprudential tools could prove useful in helping to control the exuberant housing market. That said, he was still skeptical about their effectiveness. He made the point that whilst monetary policy can’t solve every […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 26, 2014 - 06:16 Source

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, September 26, 2014 - 06:12 Source

His autobiography, which he narrated, was the first audio book I ever listened to. I think Therbs might have seen me wandering around Sydney, laughing like a drain at it a couple of years back. I was so lost in the story and Clive's telling of it, that I lost track of everything.

In fact, I think it was an exaggerated report of his death that encouraged me to seek out the audiobook, just to hear his voice again. It was such a huge part of my childhood.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 26, 2014 - 06:06 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Bush 2.0 – what everyone thinks of Obama – Business Insider (The Economist front page is a laugh!) Economics may finally be changing – Reuters (taken enough times and ruined lives to do it) Americas: Romney looking at 2016 campaign – Business Insider (are you f’in kidding me?) Apple […]

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Global Guerrillas Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:23 Source

Here's an interesting combo of game + disruption + bitcoin

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Global Guerrillas Friday, September 26, 2014 - 04:23 Source

Here's an interesting combo of game + disruption + bitcoin

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Global Guerrillas Friday, September 26, 2014 - 03:08 Source

Your ability to disrupt the system isn't based on your budget or skill.  It's based on your imagination...

600 kph kinetic kill weapon.  

Drone with micro-jet engine.  You can fly this in first person mode.  Frankly, I don't think there is a person in the world you couldn't "access" with this thing.  It moves too fast to defend against coming it at low level.  Video.

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Global Guerrillas Friday, September 26, 2014 - 03:08 Source

Your ability to disrupt the system isn't based on your budget or skill.  It's based on your imagination...

600 kph kinetic kill weapon.  

Drone with micro-jet engine.  You can fly this in first person mode.  Frankly, I don't think there is a person in the world you couldn't "access" with this thing.  It moves too fast to defend against coming it at low level.  Video.

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North Coast Voices Friday, September 26, 2014 - 00:16 Source

The Hon Anthony Roberts MP Minister for Resources and EnergySpecial Minister of State MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 25 September 2014 FREEZE EXTENDED ON PETROLEUM EXPLORATION LICENCE APPLICATIONS Minister for Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts today announced an additional 12 month freeze on NSW Petroleum Exploration Licence Applications (PELAs) and Petroleum Special Prospecting Authority applications (a PSPA is a desktop or geoscientific survey).

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North Coast Voices Friday, September 26, 2014 - 00:15 Source

The Abbott Government released its Energy Green Paper on 23 September 2014.The document sketchily mentions renewable energy or forms of renewable energy a total of 134 times within its 92 pages, while mentioning conventional gas/unconventional gas a total of 434 times, coal 100 times and exports 131 times.Readers who care about Australia's sustainable energy future move onto the body this paper at their own risk.......Australian Government Energy Green Paper Sep

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North Coast Voices Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 23:55 Source

A FFS! musing:9 Sept. 2014 council committee meeting revealed that by delegated authority from General Manager council staff decide where and when Clarence Valley Council invests its $70+ millions.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 20:42 Source

Barking and grunting and beating his bare, hairless chest Lord Greystoke-Bigot-Smythe, aka George Brandis, announced that any journalist who reported anything about him would get five years. His new body-servant, James Ashby, aka Earl Bartleby-Mussels-in-Brine, soothed him with unguents and cocktails as he went into a muck sweat shouting that he alone could save the nation from terrorism, by methods requiring the abandonment of all civil rights achieved since Magna Carta. ‘One,’ he screamed, ‘all emails and previous communications since the invention of Morse Code will be read by me.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 19:34 Source

Well she didn't. And neither did Negus. It's been a few years since the incident, which has been forgotten by most people, except Yumi and George. I'll admit that despite having written a Blunty on it, I'd pretty much wiped all the files too.

To provide a bit of context, Ben Roberts-Smith, a VC winner in Afghanistan had been doing publicity when he got back. I doubt that was his choice, but it is the lot of VC winners. Some of the pieces he agreed to do involved some 'big shirtless Roberts'* shots, including one for Men's Health.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 19:07 Source

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 19:07 Source

Wonky Health columnist Dr Tim Senior is quite the wordsmith, as per this recent tweet: Meanwhile, another of Senior’s recent tweets prompted public health consultant Miriam Herzfeld to sound the alarm below about budgetary threats to the work of the...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 18:30 Source

Once famously described as a “Cinderella branch of public health practice”, the role of advocacy took centre stage at the Public Health Association of Australia’s annual conference in Perth last week. And one of many take-home tips on the subject...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 18:30 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 18:11 Source

President Obama addressing the Climate Change Summit:

“For all the immediate challenges that we gather to address this week – terrorism, instability, inequality, disease – there’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate

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Prosper Australia Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 17:07 Source

With ALP leader Daniel Andrews’ announcement today of plans to extend the rail line to Mernda, the question arises of how to finance it. “The $600m cost will probably be sourced from general revenue. But we ask, why don’t the public receive a better return on investment for major infrastructure expenditures?” stated Prosper Australia Project […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 15:46 Source

by Chris Weston, IG Markets Trading the ever-diverging paths from the major G10 central banks has been one of the most successful thematics that have played through the markets for the last couple of months. But has this trade become long in the tooth? Fundamentally, this divergence doesn’t look like disappearing anytime soon. In fact, […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 15:35 Source

by Chris Becker London just took the gong for most expensive capital in the world, according to a recent study (here at the Guardian), but that hasn’t stopped it being one of the most sought after financial hubs in the world. So the expensive real estate that is the hallmark of Sydney should not be an […]

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