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Popular Science Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:33 Source

In 2012, 71-year-old LaVerne Stiles had spinal fusion surgery to repair a small fracture caused by a car accident a few weeks before. When she chose between the three surgeons at her nearby hospital in central Florida, she assumed that which surgeon she picked wouldn't make much of a difference...

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Popular Science Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:33 Source

The streets of Paris will host a race next April, and London will host two back-to-back races at the end of the season. The UK gets an early peek at the racers too, since track testing will be at Donington Park in August. There's one race still to be determined; officials are hoping to fill the March date with a race in North America. Last year, Miami hosted before the Long Beach Grand Prix, but it appears the city isn't in the running for 2016.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:33 Source

The first detailed images of Pluto's surface ever captured are in, and they don't disappoint. The dwarf planet's southern tip contains relatively young mountains reaching up to 11,000 feet high, according to a breathtaking new photo captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby yesterday and released to the public this afternoon.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:33 Source

Application of ultrasound has been shown to speed broken bone regeneration by one third, and even restore memory to mice with Alzheimer's. Now researchers have found that ultrasound can accelerate healing time of skin wounds too.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:33 Source

Leopards have many different spots, but in some cases, we puny humans have trouble seeing them. The problem is especially in pronounced in the jungles of the Malaysian Peninsula, where conservationists are trying to keep an eye on the small population of leopards that have evolved without the same distinctive print that leopards are known for.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:33 Source

A new handheld tool called the Chimaera will help surgeons find the right nerve with ease by giving them real-time feedback during operations. This kind of device, its developers claim, will usher in a new age of surgical devices, making delicate nerve procedures easier for surgeons everywhere.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:33 Source

A team of four undergraduates from UC Berkeley has created a rocking chair that generates energy while you rock.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:22 Source

By Leith van Onselen After admitting in May that superannuation reform was inevitable in the interests of budget sustainability, Treasurer Joe Hockey has once again ruled-out ever changing superannuation tax settings. From Money Management: Addressing a PWC Tax Reform Forum, Hockey said that not only was the Government going to stick to its promise not to

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:17 Source

A proposal to build a fourth coal-export terminal in Newcastle, Australia, is about as big a boondoggle in the making as one can imagine.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:01 Source

Stephen Duckett and Peter Breadon write: After a shaky start, the Commonwealth Government is finally starting a debate about how Australia’s future health system should look. Next week, the prime minister and premiers will meet to discuss some big...

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:54 Source

The Kiwis are once again making Australian economic management look hopeless today as the Kiwi dollar is poleaxed lower: And yes, it is seriously outpacing the battler now: Parity dreams are over. The reason? Like Australia, NZ is in a terms of trade collapse. Unlike Australia, its central bank is ready for it. From Barclays

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you said it... Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:36 Source

Here’s the PDLA, one of the alphabet soups of far right patriot #hateriot Facebook sewers venting their tiny collective spleen over the supposed burning of a rainbow LGBTIQ flag in faraway Texas, USA, supposedly by Muslims.

Now given that the far right likes to think of itself as a vanguard of warriors fighting for “values” they have invented, it is rather amusing to see these self-described epitomes of Strayan masculinity and champions of homophobia getting their odorous underdaks in a knot over the destruction of the symbolic rainbow flag.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:35 Source

Down 3% this morning: Better shoot someone… Back to evens now: Up now: Guns holstered…

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:23 Source

By Leith van Onselen The mining bust in Western Australia is fast turning into a housing bust. As reported in The AFR yesterday evening, Western Australian mining equipment traders are now selling machinery at less than half their boom time prices, all the while lunch bars and other establishments once frequented by engineers and other

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:22 Source

I have refrained from writing to this blog for over a year but it has gottin to much for me. Im sick and tied of the constant attacks on the Prime Minister and his cabnet.

I really don’t know where to start. Everyday there is a constant stream of pissweek comantary from writers with little to say and all the time in the world to say it.

Take the attacks on the best Speaker the House of Reps has ever ad. I mean she shows remarkable decorum in the face of so much abuse from Shorten and his mob of fwits. She is always reasonable to the point of being overlyfair. They simply don’t deserve it.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:07 Source

By Leith van Onselen Once again, the Coalition has been caught out lying on negative gearing, claiming that last time it was ‘abolished’ (i.e. losses quarantined) – between 1985 and 1987 – it pushed up rents. As revealed by ABC Radio this morning, Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, claimed the following to the Liberal State Council

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:04 Source

From the AFR: Atlas Iron will be hoping for a final flood of interest in its crucial $180 million equity raising, as lead manager Hartleys turns to fund managers to try and make up the shortfall that still stands at $105 million. …As of Wednesday, the offer had received about $30 million from shareholders and general public applications on

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The Melbourne Urbanist Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 09:50 Source

Are “dogbox” apartments the work of rapacious landlords?

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Delimiter Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 09:42 Source

In which Renai unfortunately calls in sick just days after Delimiter re-launches.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 09:36 Source

By Leith van Onselen After appearing to have had second thoughts on whether a Big Australia is actually in the nation’s best interests, KPMG’s Bernard Salt has penned a post in The Australian today, entitled Forget the bubble babble, a slice of paradise is worth every penny, imploring young Australians to buy an apartment, which

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 09:22 Source

From RIO: Pilbara operations Production and shipments in the first half increased compared to last year despite unseasonal weather in the Pilbara throughout the first half, including Tropical Cyclones Olwyn and Quang. Around seven million tonnes of shipping capacity was lost directly at the ports due to uncharacteristically severe weather. Heavy inland rains reduced truck

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 09:06 Source

By Chris Becker A dour night across risk markets, with scratch results on most bourses as money moved to bonds and the USD on Fed hawkishness. A bit too much navel gazing or was that Pluto watching? Recapping Asia, where the dead cat bounce in the Shanghai Composite fizzled, even on a strong GDP/FAI print, falling

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 08:42 Source

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday’s dwelling construction data, released by the ABS, revealed that a flood of new apartment stock is about to hit Melbourne. While actual unit completions in Victoria (read Melbourne) jumped by 31.8% over the March quarter and by 35.4% over the year: Dwelling unit commencements surged by an incredible 42% over

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 08:28 Source

From The Australian today: The Australian economy is now adjusting to the new normal of mid-tier commodity prices, record-low interest rates, a lower dollar and the shuffling of people and resources from one location to another, from industry to industry. …Of course, there are serial gloomists; some high-profile media and financial market analysts have predicted 10 of

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 08:16 Source

Soul Full of Guns, the Karin ebook, was easy to write because it's a straight line through a series of action sequences and old spy movie tropes.

A Protocol for Monsters isn't. It's Emergence, but told from the PoV of the other guys. The Scooby Gang. So the narrative arc is set and familiar before you read it, but what's new is knowing what's happening both offstage and in the minds of Heath, Emmeline and Compton when they meet Dave.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 07:31 Source

The IMF raised the heat on the Greek bailout last night releasing a statement that they want out of the deal, maybe pressured by the US, unless there is debt relief. They also said they informed the EU of their position prior to negotiations with Greece and it would appear they were openly ignored. Without

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 07:31 Source

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday evening, Labor finance spokesman, Tony Burke, confirmed the opposition would not support changes to the GST because it is a regressive tax. From The Canberra Times: Opposition finance spokesman Tony Burke said Labor still opposed “increasing the rate and base” of the GST, after Mr Hockey said it would be

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Fraudcast News Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 06:56 Source

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras - is democracy champion waving or drowning? Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras – is democracy champion waving or drowning? Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 05:35 Source

We can at least be thankful today that the central banks of the US and Canada know what they are doing with the Australian dollar. The battler was slammed to a new low last night in the mid-73s as Janet Yellen hawked-up and Stephen Poloz doved-up, implying other commodity producers may be next. Yellen had

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 05:23 Source

Four six days Dyson Heydon has refused to say what parts of Shorten’s testimony were incredible, or apologise, or resign; or say why he corruply paid nine million dollars to Eric Abetz’s law firm, nor intervened in the proceedings as …

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