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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

While Project Loon found an initial home in Sri Lanka, Facebook has its own update for its plan to provide wireless internet from the skies.

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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

You'd have to be crazy not to love cereal in milk. But the longer those crispy puffs or flakes sit in that milky bowl, the soggier they become, and our enthusiasm gives way to disgust. Now a researcher from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst has figured out when and how that happens, according to a review study published yesterday in Journal of Food Science.

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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are beginning to hit California roads in small numbers, and soon one or more will be traversing its waters too.

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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

Yesterday, in Hampton, Virginia, about three hours south of Washington, DC, NASA researchers slung a plane into a harness and then sent it crashing into the ground. The researchers were specifically testing Emergency Locator Transmitters, which notify rescuers in the event of a crash. And what a crash they got!

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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

The galaxy is a pretty big place, so NASA's announcement today that scientists have discovered a solid, rocky planet located just 21 light years away from our own solar system is the cosmic equivalent of suddenly noticing a longtime neighbor just down the street. The world, unflatteringly named HD 219134b, is 1.6 times the size of Earth, but it's 4.5 times as massive.

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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

The little spacecraft that couldn't quite land on a comet has nevertheless sent back a wealth of data. The Philae lander was supposed to become the first spacecraft to touch down on a comet in November, after a 10-year journey, but things didn't go as expected. The spacecraft bounced away from its original landing site, eventually coming to rest in a dark area near the edge of a crater. Without enough sunlight to charge its solar panels, Philae operated for about 60 hours on battery power, then entered a long hibernation.

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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

The latest news with Google's Street View cars isn't about mapping for its eventual autonomous successors, or even taking new photos of the world: it's about pollution.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:09 Source

It is important that health organisations are listed among those who have signed the statement below, taking a stand against the racism directed against prominent Aboriginal AFL player and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes. It is important...

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 14:30 Source

Cross-posted from The Idiot Tax: If you want to a grand spectacle of over-regulation, under-regulation and bald faced lies told to a populace on a daily basis, come to Australia. You can marvel as the peeps you meet bend over and take it, or just open wide and swallow with the meekest of reactions. Humorous,

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Renew Economy Friday, July 31, 2015 - 14:16 Source

Changes in network tariffs are killing rooftop solar as a cost-saving option for businesses, but may accelerate the push to combine solar and battery storage. The networks are being accused of using "cost reflective tariffs" as an excuse for another revenue grab.

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Delimiter Friday, July 31, 2015 - 14:16 Source

In which the South Australian Government comes up with complex legal arguments as to why it should be able to continue to use a 1980's software package.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 31, 2015 - 14:05 Source

Legal challenge by sugar miller against the development of one of Australia's biggest solar farms in Clare, Qld, could be 'called in' by state govt.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 13:43 Source

By Westpac’s Elliot Clarke US GDP rose at a solid 2.3% annualised pace in Q2, much as expected. Household consumption drove the result, with momentum strengthening from Q1’s 1.7% annualised pace to 2.9% as durables and non-durables growth improved with the weather. Growth in services consumption was more modest at 2.1%, unchanged from Q1. While

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 13:25 Source

Big iron is flat under conflicting pressures today: Idiocy spreads are flat: AGO has still been unable to stick its nose above 4 cents: Dalian futures have rebounded firmly from overnight selling and are now up 1 point on the day. However, Shanghai is falling again so cheer is limited: Looks like a roughly square result

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:56 Source

By Leith van Onselen The AFR’s Chris Joye has posted an excellent article this afternoon effectively debunking the RBA’s Dr Peter Tulip, who earlier this month ridiculously claimed that Australian housing was 30% undervalued. In the article, Joye reviews new housing valuation analysis produced by Dr Craig Shepherd, an economist with the $10 billion fund

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Delimiter Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:43 Source

Good news from the Googleplex this morning. Google Australia has decided to take some of the hard-earned money that it's been piping through Singapore to avoid paying tax in Australia and decided to plough it back into directly funding the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills in Australia.

The article Google ploughs $1m into Australian tech education appeared first on Delimiter.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:27 Source

CEC slams calls from anti-wind senators to cut subsidies back even further, make them conditional on adherence to federal 'infrasound' laws.

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Delimiter Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:21 Source

It turns out that four months after the legislation passed, the Government still hasn't quite worked out the funding model for its data retention package.

The article Four months later, data retention funding model still incomplete appeared first on Delimiter.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:18 Source

This is an updated version of John Pilger’s 2014 investigation which tells the unreported story of an unrelenting campaign, in Sweden and the US, to deny Julian Assange justice and silence WikiLeaks.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:12 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released Producer Price Index (PPI) data for the June quarter, which registered a 0.3% quarterly increase in final (stage 3) prices and an increase of only 1.1% over the year: The 0.3% increase in final (stage 3) prices was driven primarily by increases in

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Delimiter Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:04 Source

Not everyone in Australia's startup sector believes Labor has yet demonstrated it can walk the talk when it comes to the digital economy: Can these feel-good events actually translate into solid policy?

The article Less talk, more action: Entrepreneur tells ‘Labor for Innovation’ appeared first on Delimiter.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:50 Source

A new study examines how states can reduce carbon pollution cheaply while also keeping household energy prices low.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:49 Source

The problems created by a global coal giant have become a public concern.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:49 Source

The Victorian Essential Services Commission has proposed a reduction in the rate rooftop solar generators will receive for the electricity they supply to the grid.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:48 Source

Europe’s offshore wind industry has shattered previous installation records in the first half of 2015.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:46 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) today released its private sector credit aggregates data for the month of June: A chart showing the long-run breakdown in the components is provided below: Personal credit growth (0.1% MoM; -0.2% QoQ; 0.4% YoY) remains in the gutter, whereas business credit growth (0.0% MoM; 0.3%

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:41 Source

APRA’s June banking statistics are out and show little evidence of macroprudential inspired lending in June: ANZ CBA MAC NAB SUN WBC Jun-15 12.0 10.2 81.6 14.0 11.1 9.9 May-15 11.8 9.9 86.8 14.1 11.6 10.0 Only SUN is slowing materially and it also worth noting that ANZ’s entire time series suddenly lifted by some

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:41 Source

By Leith van Onselen BT Financial Group chief, Brad Cooper, has entered the superannuation debate, amongst other things calling for retirees to start paying income tax on annual superannuation earnings of more than $150,000. From The AFR: Mr Cooper will on Friday call on the Abbott government to restore the Low Income Superannuation Contribution it

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:07 Source

By Leith van Onselen RP Data’s price results are in for July, with the Sydney/Melbourne bubbles blowing-off in a big way as the daily index recorded a 2.80% jump in values over the month at the 5-city level, with all major capitals except Adelaide recording gains (see next chart). The strong recovery in home values

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xkcd.com Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:00 Source

It's probably for the best. Since Roombas are native to North America, it's illegal for Americans to keep them in their houses under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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