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Popular Science Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:05 Source

Quick, what elements make up the sea? This new animation makes it easy to answer: oxygen, hydrogen, chlorine, sodium, magnesium, and sulfur. Those first two elements, of course, make up water: H2O. The second two make up salt, NaCl.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:05 Source

With a flick of a videogame-like controller, the sailor locks the laser onto the drone in mid-air. Within seconds, there's a flash of light and sparks, and the drone nosedives straight into the ocean, the latest victim of the U.S. Navy's new Laser Weapon System (or LaWS).

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Popular Science Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:05 Source

We've all probably left the house and hopped in a car before realizing that we left our wallet at home—but most of us have probably been lucky enough not to then be pulled over. If the state of Iowa has its way, however, you may soon be able to produce your smartphone when you're asked for your driver's license.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:05 Source

If you've longed to have a robot sidekick of your very own, but weren't sure where to start, iRobot is here to help. The company behind the iconic Roomba has released a new version of their classic floor-sweeping bot, aimed squarely at students interested in hacking robotics.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:05 Source

The special slit organs, in some cases called lyriform organs, have parallel slits that look like the strings of a lyre or another stringed instrument. They move and deform in response to minute external forces. Daeshik Kang and Mansoo Choi of Seoul National University and their colleagues wondered if they could mimic that response to build a flexible, tiny and very sensitive sound detector. Their findings are published today in Nature.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:05 Source

Hold your horses. There's a new kind of pluripotent cell in town.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:05 Source

CT scans have been used to investigate numerous scientific conundrums over the years, from medical mysteries to mummy murders. They're also being used to examine mechanical failures, including wrecked cars and, now, space suits.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:05 Source

Four and a half billion years ago, the Sun and Earth were just being born out of a giant explosion, and the solar system was HOT. All that heat likely boiled away the water on Earth's surface. So how did our parched planet come to be covered in water? The leading explanation is that it got carried here by comets and/or asteroids. They may seem dry and rocky now, but comets and asteroids would have carried a lot of water when they were young.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:04 Source

From MI: The Melbourne Institute consumer expected inflation rate (30-per-cent trimmed mean measure) fell by 0.7 percentage points to 3.4 per cent in December from 4.1 per cent in November. The underlying distribution of responses in Table 2 shows a considerable rise in the cluster of  responses around expected price changes of 0-2 per cent (4.5 percentage points) […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 09:43 Source

From Yahoo: Roubini Global Economics, a leading provider of independent, global macroeconomic research, forecasts China’s 2016 GDP growth at 5.4%—well below the current Bloomberg consensus projection of 6.7%. “Our recent trip to China underscored the myriad challenges facing the Chinese economy, which is now in the midst of a marked slowdown. Efforts to reorient the […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 09:39 Source

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WixxyLeaks Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 08:52 Source

With the NSW State elections coming up in March next year we are now seeing the final stages of the pre-selection process at work for the Labor Party.

Unfortunately for the Liberal party this process is set to continue until January as some electorates are awaiting the findings of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in case some of those who have stepped aside from the Party after ICAC revelations are granted another chance.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 08:34 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:41 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:20 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 06:08 Source

There’s lot’s of cynicism around APRA’s new macroprudential regime, for good reason in some ways: it’s late, it’s weak and it’s opaque. But a clear view of this still suggests the conclusion that it will work to slow investment property lending and house prices. There are three reasons why. The first is tackled by Jonathon […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 01:59 Source

The debate is raging, from FTAlphaville: Possibilities include weakening global demand; the recognition that the shale revolution has forever altered the political calculus for OPEC; surprisingly healthy output in some countries despite their internal turmoil, notably Nigeria, Iraq and Libya; and maybe some profit-taking from speculators. But it isn’t clear how much bearing each of […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 01:22 Source

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North Coast Voices Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 00:16 Source

 
Some of the political ‘messages’ voters can expect to see turn up as quotes in local media once Coalition MPs have settled back into their home electorates - before they leave again in early February 2015:

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North Coast Voices Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 00:15 Source

 
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) released a draft revenue determination for the NSW electricity distributor, Essential Energy, for the five year period through to June 2019.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 23:11 Source

It’s clear from the reaction to the Government’s ‘Plan B’ for the GP co-payment that most health groups and experts don’t think the proposal makes any policy sense.  Why, then, has the Government been so insistent on pursuing a co-payment for GP...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 17:29 Source

Apparently, thanks to Mr Abbott, “shirtfront” has just been named word of the year. This is in spite of the fact that the National Dictionary director admitting that it was hard to define after Tony used it to refer to his intentions for Mr Putin.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:59 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia continues to experience choppy price action, with equities juggling leads from European trade and data from China. Financials around the region are firmly in the red as they track the turmoil seen in European bank shares – the situation in Greece is causing […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:48 Source

From Reuters: While the company and investors say it is not under immediate pressure, facing no bond repayments until 2017, Fortescue Chief Financial Officer Stephen Pearce told a UBS conference last week the company would be open to selling stakes in its mines. “Fortescue is not engaged in any processes with banks around the sale of assets,” […]

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:44 Source

Media Release “The Andrews government has lost no time putting its stamp on the future shape of Melbourne, funding the planning stage of the Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel – while fretting about the $9 billion cost. “Victoria can fund this vital connection, lifting train speeds and frequency throughout the network,” Karl Fitzgerald Project Director, Prosper […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:18 Source

Amid warnings RET impasse is costing Australian renewables sector $400-500m a year, CEFC-backed Sundrop Farms snags $100m deal with US investment giant KKR.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:09 Source

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Tony Abbott has announced the launch of a new multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded advertisement campaign today, which will be geared towards convincing the taxpayer that the Government doesn’t have enough money.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:02 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: If something can’t go on for ever, it won’t. – Herb Stein, chief economic adviser to former US president Richard Nixon. China’s economic rise has been a good news story for Australia. According to most economic policymakers and commentators, the growing middle classes of China and the rest of Asia will […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 14:43 Source

On the day government ministers landed in Lima for the climate talks, ExxonMobil suggested they might as well all go straight back home.

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