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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

Personal genetics company 23andMe will soon start developing pharmaceuticals, according to Bloomberg.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

NASA announced today that researchers using the Hubble space telescope have detected the presence of a saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

How do you reconstruct a civilization's history when it has been literally trampled underfoot? Some of Rome's roads through the Balkans are largely forgotten, others still in use, and others we only know about because of documents from travelers explaining a route that matches ruined Roman distance markers. Hoping to get a better grasp of how these road networks worked in the Balkans between the 1st century BC and 4th century AD, researchers turned to an unlikely research assistant: slime mold.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

The trippy flower above is actually color-changing science in motion.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

Much like marathon runners, everything goes fine for a drone until it hits a wall. Only, unlike marathoners, in the case of drones the wall is usually a literal wall. A new crowdfunding project available on Kickstarter called the eBumper4 wants to change that, by retrofitting drones with four sonar sensors, so they can detect walls before they crash into them.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

This morning Robert Bigelow—budget hotel billionaire; paranormal investigator; space entrepreneur—unveiled the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which will soon ship to Kennedy Space Center, stowed in a SpaceX rocket. It will launch in September, expand, dock with the International Space Station, and become sort of a test chamber slash astronaut lounge. It is also—depending on who you talk to—probably the shape of much to come, in terms of extraterrestrial habitation.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

Is it possible that we're living in too much future? Days before South by Southwest (SXSW) opened, participants were told that they can't bring drones to the conference.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

Today in "Robert Downey Jr. saves the world," the Hollywood superstar presented an Iron Man-style bionic arm to a young disabled boy named Alex.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:41 Source

Time is a valuable commodity for humans. We like our news up to the minute and our technology up-to-date. But when it comes to some temporal boundaries scientists are still trying to figure out what's up.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:41 Source

Whether you prefer pumpkin, apple, or chocolate, you probably agree that pie is already amazing. But it can be made even better by carefully engineering the eating experience. Enjoying food is much more than just taste; sound, smell, sight and texture all play integral roles in how much we enjoy a given food.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:41 Source

We already know what happens when a bird hits a drone, and we know what can happen when birds hit airliners, but what about a drone colliding with a commercial jet?

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:40 Source

Augmented reality glasses are hotter than Drake right now. Last fall, Microsoft's Hololens glasses dazzled us with promises of 'holograms' beamed throughout our workplaces. NASA announced this week that they plan to guide astronauts with projection glasses.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:40 Source

Drone war is almost synonymous with Pakistan, where for years American drones fought back Taliban and al Qaeda operations across the border from Afghanistan. It's a tremendously contentious policy, with American planes dropping bombs on insurgents within Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (and, often, killing civilians in the process). What happens to the drone war when American forces leave Afghanistan? Turns out Pakistan may use its own drone to battle insurgents.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:40 Source

Amy Rowat, a biophysicist and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, understands the nuances of pie-making better than anyone. For four years, she's tinkered with the quintessential American dessert to teach chemistry and physics to students. Here, Amy explains the science behind the art.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:40 Source

Ever wanted to see the world through the eyes of a Scout Trooper chasing Luke Skywalker through the forest of Endor? Thanks to hobbyist Adam Woodsworth, you can now do so vicariously.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:40 Source

Unveiled last month, Hello Barbie is a clever toy with a little bit of an oversharing problem. With a microphone, Hello Barbie can listen to what children tell it. With a computer and a Wi-Fi connection, Hello Barbie can take those words, encrypt them, and then send them over the internet to a cloud server where voice recognition software listens to the recording and then picks a reply for Hello Barbie to send back. Only there's a minor hitch: it might be illegal to record children and then store that information elsewhere.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:40 Source

When South by Southwest teased a panel about space photography this Friday, we had to attend. During said event, NASA announced a new partnership with the Houston Cinema Arts Society to launch CineSpace--a competition for short films that use NASA's vast archive of photos and videos.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:40 Source

At South by Southwest on Friday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave the first public demo of a new medical protective suit that's designed to help healthcare workers fight Ebola.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:40 Source

A group holding red cups full of beer converged around a kitchen table littered with petri dishes, pipettes, and other basic laboratory equipment. Our host/lab director, Justin Pahara, explained how we were all going to take a custom snippet of DNA and stick it into some unsuspecting Escherichia coli bacteria. In essence, we were about to reprogram a living cell in an Austin, Texas kitchen.

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:39 Source

Deregulate university fees, or the scientists get it! Ben Eltham looks at the Abbott government’s latest casualty in its war on higher education.

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:39 Source

Deregulate university fees, or the scientists get it! Ben Eltham looks at the Abbott government’s latest casualty in its war on higher education.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:37 Source

Are staff at the Job Network Providers about to fall prey to rising unemployment? Edward Eastwood reports:

My case-work officer at the Job Network provider doesn’t seem too bad a human being. It’s just that he has some strange ideas and is looking very worried.

He worries about dole bludgers and those who rort the system, he worries about Islamic terrrorists. He thinks that putting young unemployed into the army is a good idea. He sees himself as an avenger appointed by that most put upon of species; the Australian tax-payer.

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:31 Source

Aussie John is making sense today at the AFR: Aussie Home Loans chairman John Symond says interest only loans should be banned for people buying a house to live in, and he understands concerns regulators have about big price rises in Sydney driven by investors. …”The majority of investors buying houses for investment are PAYG […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:14 Source

The Oxford University Smith School Stranded Assets Programme has produced a new report into global coal and the news for Australia is poor: Coal provides 40% of the world’s electricity, with 1,617 GW of global capacity. Of this capacity, 75% is subcritical, 22% supercritical, and 3% ultra-supercritical. Subcritical is the least efficient and most polluting form […]

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The Tally Room Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Swansea1-2PPSwansea is a marginal Liberal seat in the Hunter region of New South Wales, covering suburbs between Lake Macquarie and the Pacific Ocean, including Belmont, Bluff Point, Budgewoi, Croudace Bay, Floraville, Halekulani, Lake Munmorah, San Remo and Swansea.

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xkcd.com Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:00 Source

The invisible hand of the market never texts me back.

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:55 Source

From Guy Debelle at the RBA today, who adds his name to the lengthening and ignominious list of Australian economic leaders openly confessing confusion at developing global circumstances. Global And Domestic Influences on the Australian Bond Market Guy Debelle* Assistant Governor (Financial Markets) KangaNews Debt Capital Markets Summit 2015 Sydney – 16 March 2015 Today […]

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:45 Source

Keating, Kennett, Kerin, Keneally, Bligh, Napthine and Newman all lost office because they privatised things, or proposed to, and it now seems Baird might do so too, if the recent polling is accurate. It is worth asking why this is so.

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:36 Source

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The Tally Room Monday, March 16, 2015 - 09:15 Source

Easthills1-2PPEast Hills is a marginal Liberal seat in south-western Sydney, covering Panania, Revesby, Padstow, Milperra and Condell Park.

Liberal MP Glenn Brookes won East Hills in 2011, and holds the seat by a slim 0.2% margin. East Hills was the final seat won by the Coalition at the 2011 election, and is expected to return to Labor in 2015.

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