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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 15:06 Source

Top specialists suspect manflu.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 15:04 Source

Elon Musk launches Tesla Model X, branding it the safest SUV on the market. It even comes with a bioweapon defence button. No, really.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:59 Source

Origin taps market for $2.5 billion after sharp slump in share price, to sell geothermal and wind assets, but excited about big solar projects.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:53 Source

Financial markets are finally catching up to the news: Fossil fuels are in decline in both transport and electricity, and the woes of VW and Glencore. Even the Bank of England has sounded a warning. Meanwhile, the likes of BHP, Origin and AGL are trying to convince investors that everything is OK.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:44 Source

From Bartho: In the midst of a destabilising bout of market turbulence, with a share price that has more than halved in three months and having seen what happened at Santos, Origin Energy’s Gordon Cairns and Grant King have moved decisively to avert a crisis. Whereas Santos resisted raising equity while its share price was

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:35 Source

AGL defends coal plant buying spree, saying it would provide funds to invest in renewables "if and when" investment climate improves.

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Delimiter Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:35 Source

Western Australia has appointed its first permanent whole of government chief information officer, with acting CIO Giles Nunis taking on the role on an ongoing basis to help the state cut its costs, develop an overarching IT strategy and build the capacity of WA’s growing ICT sector.

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Delimiter Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:35 Source

Western Australia has appointed its first permanent whole of government chief information officer, with acting CIO Giles Nunis taking on the role on an ongoing basis to help the state cut its costs, develop an overarching IT strategy and build the capacity of WA’s growing ICT sector.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:27 Source

The national security whistleblower will now communicate directly with followers via the social media site. Max Chalmers reports.

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 14:22 Source

Fairfax’s Michael Pascoe writes today about Murray & Frijters’ study Clean Money in a Dirty System: Relationship Networks and Land Rezoning in Queensland which found politically connected developers gained $410 million through favourable rezoning decisions in Brisbane in the years 2007-2012. Cameron Murray and Paul Fijters of University of Queensland comprehensively scoured records and assembled […]

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 13:52 Source

Amid the growing furore over violence against women, the Shadow Foreign Minister has dodged questions about bringing women held in detention on Nauru to Australia. Max Chalmers reports.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 13:50 Source

By Leith van Onselen The ABS has released data on the value of construction work done for the June quarter of 2015, which revealed a 1.6% seasonally adjusted rise in the value of work done over the quarter but a 3.3% fall over the year, and an ongoing reduction in the construction pipeline. According to

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 13:42 Source

From the AFR: Sydney house prices are in for a bigger slowdown than Melbourne as both settle into a year of 5 per cent growth, property valuer Propell says. The modest pace of growth that Propell predicts in its September residential report for the next 12 months is less than a third of the 18.6 per cent

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 13:38 Source

Big iron is riding the dead cat higher again today though the paralytic moggy is not looking very rubbery. BHP is up a measly 1.6% while RIO is up 2.6% and FMG leads the way at a more respectably elastic 6% gain: The idiocy spreads continue to close though are slowing: The dead:   Dalian is

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:41 Source

From Westpac: The Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Indicator increased 1.7pts from 116.5 in August to 118.2 in September. The Indicator is now 4.4% higher than a year ago and just 1.7% below its long run average. The rally in Chinese consumer sentiment has come despite more equity market volatility, continued concerns about China’s growth

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Delimiter Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:40 Source

US-headquartered technology giant Google has completely left Australia off the list of countries that will receive its new smartphones, tablet and other devices announced in the United States overnight, with countries like the UK, Korea, Japan and even Ireland getting the nod over the lucky country for access to the new kit and Australians to pay more when the devices do eventually launch

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Delimiter Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:40 Source

US-headquartered technology giant Google has completely left Australia off the list of countries that will receive its new smartphones, tablet and other devices announced in the United States overnight, with countries like the UK, Korea, Japan and even Ireland getting the nod over the lucky country for access to the new kit and Australians to pay more when the devices do eventually launch

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:34 Source

The disbanding of BREE and folding of it into the Office of the Chief Economist has done nothing to repair the fundamental flaws in its analytical framework. In today’s quarterly update on the outlook for commodity prices the great bureaucratic dream weaver spins another wondrous future for Australia filled with unicorns and rainbows. It begins

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:32 Source

The IOT-equipped, cloud-supported software suite aims to squeeze increased flexibility and efficiency out of existing and new gas-fired power plants.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:26 Source

Tesla could be increasing the range of the Model S up to 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) “within (only) a year or two,” according to Musk.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:22 Source

Most people will have heard about Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and the five stages of grief. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been having trouble working out where Tony Abbott in terms of what stage he’s at.

Listening to some of his comments, I have to conclude that he’s just like he’s always been: all over the place and not at all consistent.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:19 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released dwelling approvals data for the month of August. At the national level, the number of dwelling approvals fell by a seasonally adjusted 6.9% to 18,701. The overall fall was driven by the volatile unit and apartment segment, which slumped by 11.4% in August.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:07 Source

It's a modern philosophical problem: Once a dog catches a car, what does it do with it?

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:07 Source

Back in 2009, during the influenza pandemic, two people in Missouri came down with an illness. At first, this was thought to be a new incarnation of the viral flu but further testing revealed it was something new and very different. Because of the geographical location of the area, this new pathogen was called the Heartland virus.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:07 Source

Scientists have a pretty good theory for how life on Earth began: Meteorites that bombarded our planet brought simple carbon-based compounds called amino acids. Eventually, slowly, these chemicals combined to make cells, which were then able to replicate and become the increasingly complex forms of life that we have today. But researchers didn't quite understand the mechanisms through which the earliest life forms evolved; though these cells were able to replicate, they were not yet alive.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:07 Source

A couple of weeks ago, I published a post explaining how people can tell if they have a tickborne illness. Not too surprisingly, it turns out that it's quite difficult.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:07 Source

Every year the MacArthur Foundation gives out its famous "genius grants" to talented people whose work shows promise to make the future a better, more interesting place. This year the prize is a hefty $625,000 and has been given to artists, writers, activists and, of course, scientists. Meet some of the 2015 fellows:

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:06 Source

Gemini 5 was NASA's first real long-duration mission. In August of 1965, Gordon Cooper and Pete Conrad spent eight days in orbit testing their spacecraft's fuel cells to make sure this new technology was up for the minimum length of a trip to the Moon. Between the two astronauts, they had four bowel movements during the flight. It wasn't pretty, and it didn't get prettier throughout the Apollo era.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:06 Source

Your immune system is constantly on the lookout for pathogens trying to infiltrate the body and cause disease. In an effort to understand how the immune system knows which ones to attack, a team of researchers discovered a special protein that immune cells use to tag pathogens that other cells later destroy. The study was published yesterday in PNAS.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:06 Source

Google and LG announced an update to their popular Nexus phone line, the 5X, at Google's Nexus event today, in the wake of months of rumors and leaked images. The new 5X packs a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 808 processor, and a 12-megapixel camera (with very large pixel-size, Google assures us). It also comes with a USB-C connector, which can be used to charge, transfer data, and send video out of the phone.

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