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Renew Economy Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:57 Source

New study finds wind power can substantially enhance grid resiliency when coupled with appropriate modern plant controls.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:56 Source

Review of ACT's Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme finds it cuts equivalent of 237,908 tonnes of CO2, saves participating households $1,600.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:53 Source

Solar photovoltaic installations in Italy provided nearly 10% of the country's electricity demand from January to August.

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Public Opinion Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:27 Source

So we have a counter terrorism raid with over 800 police bursting into homes in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan, hovering helicopters, 15 arrested and detained, four charged. Oh, and the media were duly recruited and the major mainstream TV outlets supplied with footage of the commando-style operations, filmed and supplied by the police themselves. The police also helpfully supplied still shots of the action to the newspapers.

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Popular Science Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:20 Source

Since about 2007, American pop culture has stopped talking about climate change -- at least in TV shows and movies. That's according to a new analysis of mentions of the words "global warming" and "climate change" in the two mediums since 1980. See:

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Popular Science Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:20 Source

Of course, it wasn’t long before reality sank in. I’m not really part of this proverbial “we.” The rides are for NASA astronauts only, not for us mere mortals, fated to only walk on one planet for the rest of our lives. My excitement soon became mixed with a reinvigorated longing to explore the celestial frontier.

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Popular Science Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:20 Source

A team of twenty students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands entered the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2013, a six-day solar race across Australia’s Outback, in the new Michelin Cruiser Class. Practicality was paramount for these entries, though energy use, payload capacity, and speed counted as well. The question to answer, according to Jordy de Renet, one of Stella’s drivers, was, “Do you want it in your daily life? Would you want to take it to get groceries?”

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Popular Science Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:19 Source

Artificial sweeteners are a roughly $1.5 billion industry worldwide, often marketed as helpful for managing obesity and diabetes. But..

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Renew Economy Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:18 Source

Just as Australia dumps its carbon price, investor groups representing $24 trillion of funds under management call for carbon pricing across the globe, as the push for a new international climate agreement gathers pace.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:58 Source

The new battery reacts within a fraction of a second, far faster than conventional plants can with their rotating masses.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:53 Source

The Aussie has resumed its tumble this morning after Scotland has voted “no” to independence, once again proving that life is stranger than Mel Gibson produced fiction: It’s not terribly clear why but the removal of Scottish risk appears to have reverted markets to the mean, which is pricing US interest rate tightening and a rising […]

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Jack the Insider Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:43 Source

TROOPS on the ground in Iraq. Troops in combat in Iraq. The role of US and coalition forces has been a subject of

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:36 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:59 Source

See above a new CNBC video that makes an important point I’ve been driving home for readers. Now that iron ore has become a battle for market share, it is the relative competitiveness between companies that matters not a simplistic assessment of a falling dollar equals higher profits. Here is the UBS all-in  break even chart […]

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Popular Science Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:13 Source

You can build a lot of cool stuff with LEGO. It's also really painful to step on. But at Brickworld events, the skills and projects are taken to a whole new level. It might not be super useful to move balls endlessly around a track, but there shear variety and ingenuity of the methods are amazing.

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xkcd.com Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:00 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:31 Source

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Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:29 Source

I spoke last night at a dinner in Harris Park full of passionate Muslims. In the audience were Bob Carr, John Della Bosca, John Robertson, Deb O’Neill, Sam Dastiyari, the Palestinian Ambassador, the Indian Consul, and various fervent advocates of the PLO and the Labor Party.

Fifteen hours before, helicopters had thudded over a household thought to be involved in the planning of a beheading. Five days before, we had been put on a ‘terrorist alert’, a ‘red alert’, higher than that of America.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 09:13 Source

From Moodys: Iron ore, Australia’s largest export commodity by value, has been experiencing sharp  price declines since the start of 2014 due to large increases in supply and lower growth  rates for steel production in China. Overcapacity has grown on the Chinese Mainland as  GDP growth slows. The current price of around USD84 per metric […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:23 Source

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The Tally Room Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:00 Source

Results summary – 32 out of 32 councils reporting

Votes
%

Yes
1,617,989
44.68

No
2,001,926
55.28

Total
3,621,107

Turnout
84.49%

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The Tally Room Friday, September 19, 2014 - 07:15 Source

Eastcoastbays1-NATpartyEast Coast Bays is a National Party electorate in the northern suburbs of Auckland.

East Coast Bays covers a very conservative area, and on paper the seat is very safe for Foreign Minister Murray McCully, who has sat as a National MP representing the area since 1987.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:09 Source

Good material today from around the web on China’s deepening housing bust. From China, there is gloom, via Investing in Chinese Stocks comes the latest from Pan Shiyi, CEO of developer SOHO, real estate rock star and former bull: Summery: real estate not at the turning point, business isn’t good this year, only IT firms are […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 05:36 Source

Stephen Bartholomeusz today argues that the Arrium capital raising went wrong because: …Arrium announced the institutional component of the issue had raised $367 million — only about 79 per cent of the institutional entitlements were taken up. The rest were cleared in a bookbuild at 48 cents, so the institutions that renounced their entitlements get […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 05:16 Source

From the AFR: The Reserve Bank of Australia is weighing up whether to force banks to adopt New Zealand-style limits on mortgage lending to cool an overheating housing market. …Joe Hockey conceded on Thursday there were “clearly significant” price gains in parts of Sydney, Melbourne and “to some degree” in Brisbane…“obviously the Reserve Bank will […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 05:15 Source

From the AFR, Ex-Goldman chairman Alastair Walton: …argued that the banking oligopoly allowed the major lenders to focus on home lending and neglect financing innovative businesses critical for future prosperity. …“Would Australia as a whole be ­better off with eight to ten banks, each . . . rated A (like almost every other bank in the OECD) […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 05:11 Source

Weeoo, weeoo, weeoo. From The Pascometer: Joe’s had a big win at the Forex casino. …Hockey loaded up last financial year’s “Labor” budget with an $8.8 billion capital injection for the RBA. The RBA didn’t ask for it, didn’t really need it, but certainly went for all it could carry when the offer was made as […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 19, 2014 - 04:51 Source

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Friday, September 19, 2014 - 04:40 Source

Four things make Scotland hard to call. One is the expatriates, overwhelmingly Yes, can’t vote, for some reason, and there’s a tidy few of them. One is the sixteen and seventeen year olds can, and will be overwhelmingly Yes too. One is the women, scared of losing household income, are fervently, and perhaps growingly, No and some of them are concealing it. One is the biggest turn-out in Scottish history.

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