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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:39 Source

Government’s plan to reintroduce indexation of fuel taxes fails on equity because it will hit households, but give free ride to some of Australia’s most profitable companies.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:36 Source

Researchers have come up with an elegantly simple nanoscale battery concept that they’re describing as the “ultimate miniaturization of energy storage.”

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:28 Source

ACT's game changing solar auction scheme wins top gong at 2014 Banksia Awards, while Kimberly-Clark gets a nod for its off-grid, cogen powered paper mill.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:25 Source

The invasion of frigid Arctic air began on Monday, here are some of the most arresting images of this unusual weather pattern.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:25 Source

BNEF has taken a bullish stance for the 2015 solar market, declaring it is “fed up of being wrong on the downside.”

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:23 Source

Oncor is asking the Texas deregulated market to allow 5 gigawatts of utility-owned, distributed grid batteries.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:22 Source

Marlborough winery which uses renewable energy, biofuel and four-legged lawn mowers named World Champ in top international sustainability awards.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:19 Source

Youth climate change activists call on G20 leaders to resist PR spin from the coal lobby on behalf of future generations.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:16 Source

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The Tally Room Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:00 Source

Gembrook1-2PPGembrook is a Liberal seat on the south-eastern fringe of Melbourne, covering Berwick, Cockatoo, Emerald, Gembrook, Officer and parts of Reservoir.

Liberal MP Brad Battin has held Gembrook since 2010, when he defeat Labor’s Tammy Lobato, who had held the seat for two terms since 2002.

The recent redistribution increased the Liberal margin from 6.8% to 8.8%.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:00 Source

From Fairfax: The government’s plan to dilute the renewable energy target is in limbo as Clive Palmer has backed Labor’s decision to walk away from talks and declared he won’t be doing a deal with the Coalition either. But the opposition defended its decision on Wednesday, saying the Coalition would not budge from its plan […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:55 Source

To neutral from sell, out yesterday: FMG’s share price has fallen 48% since we moved to a Sell rating on November 6, 2013 (vs. ASX 200 +1.5%) impacted by a combination of falling iron ore prices, grade discount and the optics around customer prepayments. Iron ore is currently at US$75/t and we believe it could trade lower into […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:38 Source

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:35 Source

Sometimes history speaks for itself. More often, as Noel Pearson said in his tribute to Gough Whitlam, history viewed through the prism of recently deceased…

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:23 Source

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xkcd.com Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:00 Source

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:54 Source

A mother's fight to help her young son beat bowel cancer has led to an international forum in Australia to discuss the medical use of marijuana.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:47 Source

As we speak or, at least, 20 minutes ago: Terminal support in technical terms is $2.92, the post-GFC low. The next support is the GFC low of $1.80 and restructuring…   Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:40 Source

Fresh from our Bill at Westpac: • The Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment rose by 1.9% in November from 94.8 in October to 96.6 in November. This is an unsurprising but still disappointing result. The Index is 12.5% below its level of a year ago and 3.6% below its level before the lead up period to the […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:33 Source

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:25 Source

Apart from America’s nuclear arsenal, the 10 active aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy are the most powerful single units of military might in the world. While the combined ranges of ships and planes mean carriers can place bombs on most of the Earth’s surface, the ships are still limited to operating in water. Air, however, covers all of the earth, and a new request from DARPA wants to bring carriers to anywhere there’s sky.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:25 Source

We've all been in that catch-22 where we're just too tired to roll out of bed to brew that hot beverage that will wake us up enough to get out of bed. Fortunately, technology's here to help: Belkin has teamed up with Mr. Coffee to create a Wi-Fi-enabled coffee maker that you can control from your smartphone—which, presumably, is never more than an arm's length away.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:25 Source

In 2010, the U.S. used less water than it has in a generation, according to a new announcement from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:25 Source

NASA has been launching astronauts into low Earth orbit for over fifty years, so the technology is mature and we clearly know how to do it. Letting private companies do the job is the next logical step. The question is, can the risks be adequately controlled? And can private human spaceflight be jumpstarted and maintained at a profit? I think that the answer to both of these questions is “yes” -- using tested hardware and an honest communication of risk.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:25 Source

Technology often seems to anticipate our needs: your phone offers to complete your words before you've finished typing it, for example, or Google tries to figure out what you want to search for after just a word or two. It's great if you're writing sentences, but what if you're writing code? An $11 million project at Rice University, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, wants to help software developers by providing "autocomplete" features for programming.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:24 Source

Unfortunately, documents from World War I don't come with metadata that computers are able to read. But you can help fix that. The U.K.'s Imperial War Museums have set up a website where you can read scanned versions of the original pages of diaries British officers kept. As you're reading, you can tag things on the pages such as dates, places, names, casualties, and unit activities.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:24 Source

Roaches to the rescue? When the world crumbles around us (presumably due to nuclear holocaust), popular theory says that cockroaches will still keep going … and going … and going. Now scientists are trying to harness the humble bug's endurance to assist in disasters more immediate than the end of the world. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:22 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

It is worth noting how big a fool Abbott has made of himself with his ‘shirtfront’ threats, and the harm he has done to his country.

He has accused a world leader of complicity in a mass murder and asked him for money in recompense for it. Though it is unlikely Putin knew of the incident before it happened, he has asked him to take responsibility for it, and, in effect, pay a fine — if he is a good fellow — though he has not spoken of any consequences if he does not.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:19 Source

From S&P: Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Pty Ltd. Ratings Lowered; Outlook Negative Overview · S&P has lowered the financial strength ratings on Genworth Life Insurance Co., Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Co. and Genworth Life Insurance Co. of New York to ‘BBB+’ from ‘A-’. · As a result, the financial strength ratings on Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance […]

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:07 Source

Tony Abbott's refusal to applaud during sections of the Gough Whitlam memorial speak volumes about the man, writes Jennifer Hamilton.

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