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Popular Science Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:44 Source

Going to the doctor to see if you have strep throat might be a hassle, but it's next to impossible for people who live in remote regions with limited access to healthcare. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University have created a sensitive film that can detect viruses and bacteria, such as HIV and Staph, at home. The film could be used in remote regions, helping medical professionals diagnose diseases and decide on the best treatment from afar.

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Popular Science Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:44 Source

Can one file a police misconduct complaint against a robot? It's a question protesters in Uttar Pradesh, India may have to answer soon, as police in Lucknow and Uvalde are both getting drones armed with pepper spray.

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Popular Science Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:44 Source

Body armor suffers from a core tension: it must be light enough so the soldier wearing it can still fight effectively, but strong enough to actually stop bullets and shrapnel. Durable, shock-absorbing Kevlar is the current standard, but it can definitely be improved upon. What if, instead of making the armor itself a liquid, researchers borrow an armor design from creatures that move through it?

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Popular Science Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:44 Source

Deep in the Amazon basin, shaman prepare a natural tea called ayahuasca to bring its drinkers to hallucinogenic states of revelation. People come to the region from all over the world to take ayahuasca in order to make better contact with their emotions within or the spirits beyond--or simply to try the drug recreationally. But more recently scientists have been investigating ayahuasca as a treatment for psychological conditions such as PTSD and anxiety.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:35 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s (RBNZ) quarterly Bulletin contained the below interesting excerpt explaining how a low inflationary/interest rate environment prolongs the pain associated with high household debt, increasing financial stability risks in the process: In addition to being more exposed to shocks due to high debt levels, households can

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:22 Source

"Let's say a guy had a possum problem. Hypothetically speaking, you understand. And let's say that our guy was in the market for another guy to take care of his possum problem. How would our guy go about securing the services of this other guy who would have, let's say, just hypothetically, a certain moral flexibility on and around the question of dealing with said possum?"

At Blunty.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:19 Source

By Leith van Onselen New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, has implored Kiwis to celebrate the New Zealand dollar’s impending parity with the Australian dollar, which is expected to occur later today in the event that the Reserve Bank of Australia cuts the official cash rate to 2.0% (see below chart). From Interest.co.nz: Key told

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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:00 Source

Building (rail) connections across the suburbs

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 09:41 Source

Fresh from Atlas Iron:   Good luck with that! From the AFR: Smaller producers, including some higher cost Australian miners, want to continue with deals based on longer-term averages of prices, looking to hedge against further falls in the market. But buyers in the world’s largest consumer of iron ore are having none of it, with

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 09:31 Source

by Chris Becker Holidays and daylight saving changes can cause confusion or even disruption across global markets where in the last four days some observe Easter and others (particularly here in Asia) have not. Its taking some time for the algos (and me) to catch up! Following the April Fools Day ructions, Friday night’s US

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 09:28 Source

From the AIG: The services sector expanded for the second consecutive month in March, albeit at a mild pace. The seasonally-adjusted Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Services Index (Australian PSI®) declined by 1.5 points to 50.2 points in March to remain above the critical 50 point level. Much of the growth was again concentrated in the health

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 09:25 Source

Our tough policies may be keeping refugees from our front door but the rest of the world is dealing with a growing humanitarian crisis, writes Max Chalmers.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 09:19 Source

Another barn burner today from Alan Kohler at Dad’s Army: …there may be a case for the government to at least ask BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto what they think they are doing, and perhaps even for the ACCC to investigate whether they are colluding. Recently a desperate Fortescue chairman Andrew Forrest publicly suggested that

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 09:19 Source

Ok, the front page isn’t real. Apparently, there’s a “Daily Telegraph” Headline generator, and I got that one by selecting random. Here’s another random one:

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The Tally Room Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 09:15 Source

Polling places in East Hills at the 2015 NSW state election. North in green, South-East in orange, South-West in blue. Click to enlarge.

Polling places in East Hills at the 2015 NSW state election. North in green, South-East in orange, South-West in blue. Click to enlarge.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 09:06 Source

If you don’t know whether to laugh or cry about the weekend’s anti-Islamic protests fear not, federal politician Tim Watts will help you do both.

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WixxyLeaks Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 08:50 Source

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Over the last few weeks the NSW State election has held the attention of most of us in NSW, however things have still been happening in the bizarre world of Kathy Jackson and also with the continued legal woes of Craig Thomson.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 08:39 Source

Reclaim Australia protestors rallied behind a flag about which they apparently know very little, writes Liz Conor.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 08:17 Source

Building (rail) connections across the suburbs

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 08:14 Source

The right to disruptive protest is on trial at one of the nation's most prestigious halls of learning, writes Dr Nick Riemer.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 07:29 Source

Alan Kohler reacts to the latest US figures today at Dad’s Army : What if, just as the Federal Reserve is getting ready to start raising interest rates, the US economy starts weakening so that the rates ‘lift off’ is postponed and the US dollar rally gets called off? That would not be good, since the Australian economy is

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 07:29 Source

Alan Kohler reacts to the latest US figures today at Dad’s Army : What if, just as the Federal Reserve is getting ready to start raising interest rates, the US economy starts weakening so that the rates ‘lift off’ is postponed and the US dollar rally gets called off? That would not be good, since the Australian economy is

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 07:22 Source

By Leith van Onselen You would be hard pressed to find a bigger racket than Australian pharmacies. How many any other industries in Australia have had laws implemented that ban new entrants from opening within 1.5 kilometers of an existing business? How many other industries allow only registered professionals in the field to own and

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 07:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen One of the key ring leaders for the ‘loony right’, The Australian’s Judith Sloan, has written an extraordinary attack on those of us who oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement – the US lead trade deal between 12 Pacific Rim nations, including Australia. In her typical vitriolic tone, Sloan labels

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 07:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen Australia is finally moving towards political consensus around the need to address Australia’s soaring Aged Pension and superannuation concession costs, with all major parties – the Coalition, Labor and the Greens – backing a review and flagging their support for tighter eligibility rules. Over the long weekend, Assistant Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, claimed

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 07:19 Source

From The Australian: The latest Newspoll, conducted exclusively for The Australian, shows Labor has a 52 per cent to 48 per cent lead over the Liberal-Nationals alliance on a two-party-preferred basis. WA is the next state due to hold an election, in March 2017, when Premier Colin Barnett will be seeking a third term after

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Prosper Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 07:00 Source

Rents always go up – don’t they? The 1.2 million negatively geared Australian tax payers whose property expenses exceed their rental income think so. Their cunning plan is to patiently wait while the rent ratchet turns their negative cash flows positive and net income losses into profits. If house prices stabilise at current levels – […]

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Prosper Australia Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 07:00 Source

Rents always go up – don’t they? The 1.2 million negatively geared Australian tax payers whose property expenses exceed their rental income think so. Their cunning plan is to patiently wait while the rent ratchet turns their negative cash flows positive and net income losses into profits. If house prices stabilise at current levels – […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 00:20 Source

Is Joe Hockey ready for what’s coming in the iron ore market? There are two questions of vital national interest building to a head, both pertaining to iron ore market structure: the parallel fates of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) and Rio Tinto (RIO) which together represent some 475 million tonnes of seaborne iron ore production, roughly 30% of

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 00:19 Source

From the AFR: Responding to market talk that short-sellers are attempting to drive down Fortescue’s share price in an attempt to force Mr Forrest to sell his own holdings to pay back lenders, Mr Forrest said it would not work. “I have no margin loans at all. I have a very secure position. My wife

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