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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 14:04 Source

Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales go to the movies. To Fifty Shades of Grey.

They giggle over bondage and dusters. Immensely more enjoyable than seeing it yourself. Mr Frellman might need a glass of water.

And The Dave gets a lovely cameo.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 14:01 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Abbott Government is facing further dissent from within, this time from Coalition MPs that are opposed to the Government’s plan to make job seekers aged under 30 wait six months before receiving Youth Allowance or Newstart. From ABC News: Pressure is on the Federal government from regional backbenchers over plans […]

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 13:49 Source

Aboriginal people may live longer in the future, but they still may not be able to enjoy the fruits of retirement.

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Prosper Australia Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 13:37 Source

We’ve all become slaves to the banks. The ruling elite don’t want you to know this of course. It should actually be the other way around. Banks should work for society. But where’s the free ride in that?

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 13:23 Source

From the AFR: It’s worth noting that Australian equities have lagged behind the US and European bourses in recent years, due to the end of the mining boom – a large portion of the ASX200 index is made up of mining stocks. However, a lot of that bad news is now priced in, and we […]

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 13:00 Source

Would anyone who wishes to do so, review Still Alice, Selma, The Theory Of Everything, The Imitation Game, Boyhood, or Fifty Shades Of Grey, and I will put up your offering here.

All deal with an absorbing subject, and all are good, well-made, Oscar-worthy films, and should I think be discussed more.

Boyhood will get Best Film, The Theory of Everything Best Male Lead, Still Alice Best Female Lead, Boyhood Best Original Screenplay, The Imitation Game Best Adapted Screenplay, and I will put up my other predictions in a day or so.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:54 Source

New York and California are betting big in different ways on distributed energy resources, solar and storage.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:26 Source

More and more developing nations are looking off-grid to solve their energy problems, while in developed nations the smart money is backing the trend.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:17 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:08 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:58 Source

Via The Australian, UBS reckons not much higher: Australian shares may be close to a peak after running well ahead of any improvement in earnings expectations after a “decent” earnings season so far, according to UBS. “Results have been mixed but on average in line with expectations,” UBS equity strategists David Cassidy and Dean Dusanic […]

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Finally, you can have your jam play as soon as you walk into an establishment, without having to be famous.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola have constantly been a major threat to public health, and they're likely to become a bigger problem in the future. According to an opinion piece in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, infectious diseases are spreading to new places and new hosts--including humans--with the help of climate change.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Sea horses just got a cool new cousin. Researchers have just discovered the Ruby Seadragon—which really does look like a dragon—lurking in the archives of the Western Australia Museum (WAM). The specimen's vibrant red color sets it apart from the Common Seadragon and the somewhat freakish Leafy Seadragon. Ahoy, Phyllopteryx dewysea!

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Trash into treasure indeed. A European Union-funded research project is working on turning thrown-away food into graphene, the Guardian reports.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Technology that translates your writing and doodles into computer-generated imagery has been around for a while, but it generally requires special material to write on as well as a smart writing implement, and it doesn't run cheap. But if you happen to have a chalkboard, some pulleys, and a few ultrasonic sensors lying around, you can make one yourself.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

There are places beyond the reach of NASA's current army of robot space explorers. Impressive and capable as Curiosity and other land rovers are, they'd be pretty useless in the liquid hydrocarbon lakes of Saturn's moon Titan. That's a shame, because Titan is one of the likelier candidates for housing life in our solar system. A new NASA concept wants to dive into the seas of Titan: it's a nuclear powered space submarine that would look for signs of alien life.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue. We've reposted this story for your convenience.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

If you're looking for a quiet getaway, you might take a bit of very old advice and head for the west. This map, showing the quietest places in the contiguous United States, was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Researchers have long thought that life forms came into existence, and started using Earth's nitrogen, around 2 billion years ago. But new research from the University of Washington reveals that something was converting nitrogen way earlier than that—about 3.2 billion years ago. At that time, Earth would have been a mere 1.3 billion years old.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

What's the difference between a working painkiller and a placebo? Well, you can see it in people's brains. Brain and pain researchers in the U.K. and U.S. report they've developed a prototype algorithm that is able to tell whether a patient took a working analgesic versus a placebo. The algorithm works by analyzing fMRI scans of the patient, made soon after he or she takes the medicine.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Sometimes taking a cab is convenient--and sometimes it's necessary. If you go out celebrating and perhaps have a few too many cocktails, then you should look for a safe ride home. Ride-sharing service Uber has already helped reduce drunk driving crashes in California, according to a recent report from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

The strongest biological material in the world rivals the strength it takes to turn carbon into diamonds. It doesn't come from one of the biggest creatures, but rather the tiny teeth of a sea snail.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Even for the experts, lines of computer code can be tedious to read. But what if it all looked like a video-game world, or like a rendering of the stars in space?

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Popular Science Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Around 70,000 years ago, earth was a pretty bleak place. Homo erectus had just gone extinct, and we were all in mourning. But while we were distracted by things like the near-extinction of our own species, some fantastic stuff was going on in the furthest reaches of our solar system, including a visit from a star and its sidekick, a brown dwarf--too large to be a planet, and too small and cool to be a star.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:30 Source

You get some idea of what’s wrong with the Australian economy today in the AFR editorial on the LNG debacle: But any shortage of gas for the massive processing “trains” on the three Curtis Island projects would intensify the crunch from falling world oil prices, which ultimately set internationally traded gas prices. And it would underline […]

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:16 Source

The clearing has started, but activists and traditional owners are fighting on.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 11:00 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 10:49 Source

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 10:32 Source

Years ago I played footy with a bloke who kept a few greyhounds. He was a ducker and dodger who eked out a living with…

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