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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:13 Source

One could argue I am not the one to be offering opinions on diet given my idea of fasting is not to eat my third…

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:12 Source

The quarterly son of BREE commodities report is out and you can’t keep a good drunk down. Here’s the pearler assumption: In 2015, real GDP is forecast to moderate to 6.8 per cent though government measures to support growth and maintain employment may result in growth above 7 per cent. Over the medium term, China’s […]

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:03 Source

While Cyclone Pam was bearing down on the tiny island nation, its president was at a conference in Japan, pleading for action on climate change.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:01 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:57 Source

New French anti-terror actions could be a window into our own governments trajectory on the issue.

The French interior minister on Monday ordered that five websites be blocked completely under the justification of “promoting terrorism.” Sounding almost exactly like laws passed here late last year under the Counter Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill, the laws seek to restrict freedom of speech on issues the government deems to be associated with terrorism.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:50 Source

If you've ever been behind the mic at a karaoke bar, you know the agony of a senseless backing track. Slow down your tempo for dramatic effect and the track blindly rolls forward. Speed up and the track stubbornly lags. Creative freedom is lost.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:50 Source

Hydrogen powered cars are slowly accelerating in popularity with boosts from infrastructure development and car manufacturers. But getting eco-friendly hydrogen is still a bit of a challenge. Right now, a lot of hydrogen is produced through mixing steam and natural gas.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:49 Source

Legend has it that, back in the fifth century A.D., St. Patrick exterminated Ireland's snakes by driving them into the sea. He would appear to have done a thorough job, because Ireland is free of native snakes to this day.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:49 Source

Before the Y chromosome evolved, the gene Dmrt1 determined an animal's sex. The gene is still active in a number of vertebrates, such as lizards and birds, but mammals no longer used Dmrt1 for sex determinacy. But according to a study published in the journal Development, a team of researchers were able to turn the gene back on in mice.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:49 Source

When a drone loses communication with its pilot, there's little the remote control pilot to do. It's a situation that's bad for drone pilots and scary for the FAA. Announced last week, Project Breadcrumb is a collaborative project between drone company PrecisionHawk and the University of Toronto that wants to let drones fly home safely even when they lose their means of communication.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:49 Source

The Star Trek franchise envisioned a universe rife with technologies both awe-inspiring and seemingly too advanced for us to use any time soon. Yet, as the show turns 50 years old next year, many of these futuristic concepts are rapidly crossing from fiction to reality. A universal translator? Skype is on that. A warp drive? NASA's on that too.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:49 Source

Finding money on the street may seem like a lucky break, but it might be more accurate to thank yourself. Researchers across various disciplines have attempted to decode whether there's an actual measurable aspect to what we understand as luck. Many of these studies have found that what a person might perceive as “luck” has more to do with psychology than probability; "luck" is actually just her own positive attitude that keeps her open to new opportunities or perceiving patterns in random acts of chance. Here are some of the latest findings.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:49 Source

Rapid prototyping may soon get a whole lot more rapid, thanks to an entirely new method of 3D printing. Instead of taking hours to 3D-print something, it might soon take minutes.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:49 Source

Saint Patrick may not have driven the snakes from Ireland, but a pair of warships named for Irish novelists are keeping them out. Prefaced with “Long Éireannach,” meaning “Irish Ship”, the patrol vessel L.E. Samuel Beckett will be joined by its sister ship the L.E. James Joyce this May, if commissioning goes ahead as planned.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:49 Source

Amelia Earhart went missing in 1937, 32 years before Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon. But even though this famous aviator never got to see people slip the surly bonds of the Earth's atmosphere, a part of the Moon now bears her name.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:49 Source

Drone races have all the excitement of science fiction hoverbike chase scenes.
Exciting first-person camera views and strange 3D paths are inevitable. This latest race, made by athletic outfitter Motociclo Sports and actiony camera giants GoPro, features three quadcopters (they all appear to be DJI models) flying through an old soap factory in Montevideo, Uruguay. The GoPro cameras stream live video to the pilot's tablets, which they use the fly the craft from a first-person view.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:39 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:21 Source

From Fitch Ratings: Fitch says that competitive lending, high house prices and low interest rates did not benefit residential mortgage performance in 4Q14, with the delinquencies in the Dinkum RMBS index increasing by 7bp to 1.15%. However, overall performance was better than a year earlier when the 30+ days delinquency ratio was 1.21%. Fitch believes […]

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:18 Source

Plans by WA premier Colin Barnett to shut down 150 remote Aboriginal communities continue to meet stiff opposition.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:10 Source

Turns out diet books are just fads. Who'd have thought it? Not Mathew Kenneally, apparently.

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The Tally Room Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Wyong1-2PPWyong is a marginal Liberal seat on the central coast of NSW, covering Wyong, Toukley, Gorokan and Chittaway Bay.

Wyong is held by Darren Webber, who was first elected as a Liberal in 2011, but resigned from the party in 2014 due to allegations aired at the Independent Commission Against Corruption. The Liberal Party holds Wyong by a 4.6% margin.

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xkcd.com Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Due to their proximity across the channel, there's long been tension between North Korea and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Southern Ireland.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:47 Source

Fresh from Westpac comes the leading index driving through the rear vision mirror: • The six month annualised deviation from trend growth rate of the Westpac Melbourne Institute Leading Index, which indicates the likely pace of economic growth three to nine months into the future, lifted from –0.32% in January to +0.45% in February. This is the first above […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:36 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:26 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:59 Source

Macquarie Bank this morning cut its iron ore price forecast to $54 average and its Australian dollar year end forecast to $67 from $77: We have significantly reduced our spot iron ore price forecast for 2015-16 to $54/t and $58/t CFR China (62% basis) respectively from $68/t and $65/t previously, while our Q3 2015 forecast drops to […]

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The Tally Room Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:15 Source

Granville1-2PPGranville is a marginal Liberal seat in Western Sydney, covering Granville, Greystanes, Guildford, Merrylands and South Wentworthville.

Liberal MP Tony Issa won Granville in 2011, and holds the seat by a 3.8% margin.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:11 Source

Just hangin' out on my bookshelf together is all.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 08:46 Source

Hot from the AFR: Fortescue Metals is rumoured to have pulled its $US2.5 billion secured bond issue, for which it was set to pay a rate of 8 per cent or above to lure investors. A price range of 8 to 8.25 per cent was reported by IFR – above the “high 7 per cent area” […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 08:26 Source

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