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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:56 Source

My neighbours have feeding magpies, probably to open a second front after they unleashed legions of scrub turkeys on my back yard.

They went away recently and the stupid birds turned up on my back deck demanding a feed. When it wasn't forthcoming, they invaded. Every day now I have to drive them from the house.

Details at Blunty.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:50 Source

From Macquarie: At some point, it’s going to become clear. The residential construction upswing in Australia is running ahead of underlying demand – which is declining as population growth falls. Whilst there is a degree of pent-up demand, this has already been factored into prices. Unlocking that demand will ultimately result in downward price pressure,

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:37 Source

How low are LNG prices going to fall? Real low, from the AFR: The slump in liquefied natural gas prices still has further to go, even after plunging 60 per cent from last year’s peak, according to FGE, an energy consultant. LNG prices may sink as low as $US4 ($5.60) per million British thermal units by

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:35 Source

RayGen Resources secures $2.5m towards planned 100MW CSPV factory in Victoria, boosting plans to ramp up China exports of its award-winning technology.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:25 Source

Evaluating locations for potential renewable energy projects might be getting a little bit more convenient, at least on the surface.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:15 Source

Tesla will drive down battery-pack-level costs by 70% (down to around $38/kilowatt-hour) once the Gigafactory hits peak production.

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Delimiter Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 10:46 Source

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ripped responsibility for copyright (including Internet piracy), classification and censorship matters out of the portfolio of Attorney-General George Brandis and allocated them to Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, in what appears to be a damning indictment of Brandis’ handling of the issues.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 10:15 Source

And in the category of worst performing major miner the winner is:

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:47 Source

From the AFR: Leading economist Saul Eslake will take a swipe at tax lurks for the rich saying there is little public policy justification for the 50 per cent capital gains tax discount, negative gearing or the use of trusts to minimise tax. He will tell The Australian Financial Review ‘s tax reform summit summit on Tuesday that the change of prime

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:46 Source

If you have ever watched the BBC Planet Earth series (and if you haven't, why not?!), you know that some of the really interesting bits are the ones that show you how the cinematographers got their shots. If those adventures made your pulse quicken, a new DIY project may help you take your first steps in wildlife photography.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:46 Source

Over the past week, a number of web outages have plagued some of the most popular services on the web. Now we can add one more to the laundry list of TK services: Skype.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:46 Source

Monument Valley took iOS and Android devices by storm in 2014. The mobile title has racked up many accolades in a short period of time from GDC, BAFTA and Apple—among others. Now Ustwo is looking to follow up with a virtual reality title.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:45 Source

This was supposed to be a good week for Volkswagen. Today, they were going to unveil a brand-new Passat in (arguably) the hippest area of the United States, Brooklyn. As of this writing, that event is still scheduled, but the joyous unveiling of a new car has been overshadowed by a smog of scandal.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:45 Source

Today, implanted medical devices continuously monitor the body to give doctors and researchers more information than ever about the state of a patient's disease and the effects of certain treatments. Engineers have also been making devices that a patient can swallow, which lets doctors and patients avoid risky surgical and other invasive procedures when able. Ideally, these devices would continuously monitor conditions inside the body or release drugs, and, once they've done their job, they would pass through the body without harming it.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:45 Source

Even as a hardcore space nerd, I come across images from the Apollo era of things that I have no idea what they are. Case in point, this image to the left from Gemini 4 was is familiar to me with some cartoon thing placed on the horizons. A little digging turned up a neat story about Gemini 5.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:45 Source

Bridges are a millennia-old answer to the challenge “you can't get there from here.” While techniques and styles of bridge building have changed over the centuries, the fundamental problem remains: how to connect land over a gaping chasm of some sort. Typically, the answer involves people working on both sides, building a structure that meets in the middle. What if, instead of a huge infrastructure project, a bridge could be built without any humans needing to cross to the other side until the bridge is complete? Here, a few drones do just that:

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:45 Source

There is beauty in simple machines. StarIETH is a paired dog-like robot with a tethered quadcopter on its back, a shambling infant of a robot flying a kite or a very strong fairy pulling a pug forward. None of the individual components themselves look slick, and the movements are choppy, but the combined effect, aided in no small part by giant cartoon eyes on the robot dog, is of two machines playing together. Watch the drone land in its designated resting disk:

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:45 Source

While traditional car companies are facing the repercussions of recent events (like VW's diesel emissions scam), Silicon Valley is cannonballing into the automotive market.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:45 Source

What does climate change sound like? In 2013, researchers at the University of Minnesota released a composition for cello called 'A Song Of Our Warming Planet,' which linked temperatures gathered over the past 133 years to musical notes. Instead of seeing a graph or imagining the outcomes of climate change, people could listen to it.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:45 Source

New research has found a link between good lies and full bladders. Scientists loaded up subjects with different amounts of water and had them to lie to interviewers. The more water they were holding in, the more convincingly they lied.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:45 Source

Few games are as legendary as the Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. When first released on the N64 back in 1998, it helped change the adventure game forever. Though, like most games from nearly 20 years ago, the visuals look quite dated. Even the 3DS Ocarina Of Time remake with updated graphics can still take things a bit further. Enter Unreal Engine 4. The high-powered graphics rendering software has been the favorite of third-party developers looking to recreate classic video games in glorious ultra high-definition, as of late.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:42 Source

Is there an upside for commuters to train strikes?

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 09:39 Source

Quite a lot apparently, from Forexlive: Australia ANZ Consumer Confidence 114.5, up 8.7% w/w (prior 105.3) For the week ended September 20 … the week we got a new PM That’s the biggest rise in a week on record ANZ comments: Bounce in confidence was broad-based In particular, views on economic conditions over the next

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 08:35 Source

By Chris Becker It was set to be a torrid session on Wall Street overnight following poor Asian leads but a late surge in Chinese stocks and reassuring pats on backs from Fed officials sent confidence back to pre-Fed levels. Stocks rose higher in Europe on the Greek re-election, while the USD gained strength sending

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 08:18 Source

Turnbull said something that I agree with.

Now, as you know, I’m no fan of Turnbull’s. Mainly because he reminds me of an assistant principal who used to imply privately that any unpopular decision was the principal’s fault and, if it were up to him, he wouldn’t be implementing that particular measure.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 08:10 Source

Last night, thanks to our national broadcaster, we got to see the leaders of the two major political parties in action. Turnbull faced questions from a smiling, compliant Leigh Sales. They both smiled and giggled and apologised to each other a lot. Shorten faced a very large audience of the Australian public and the interruptions of Tony Jones, who really needs to learn that people would rather hear from his guests than him. Shorten performed very well, answering all questions calmly and honestly.

The contrast could not have been starker.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 07:48 Source

The latest Newspoll, interestingly though not unexpectedly, is a fraud. It rang only landlines, and a million voters don’t have any. It rang them on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night when few folk under fifty were at home. It eliminated 9 percent who were ‘uncommitted’ or ‘refused’, that is, a million people who were ‘uncommitted’, undecided, unconvinced by Turnbull. It redistributed the Green and Independent second preferences as they were in 2013, when it was thought Abbott wasn’t lying.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 06:18 Source

Forgive half Greece’s debt if they take in a million refugees.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 06:00 Source

There are a number of reasons why Australian property is in trouble: the Chinese bid is being increasingly choked off by China’s fight to prevent capital flight; macroprudential tightening has hit local investors; Western property markets are in deep trouble and will cause bad loan congestion at the banks; consumer sentiment is being hit by share

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 05:59 Source

The abyss into which Australia’s freshly minted resources economy is digging has never been more clear than today. From the IMF via the AFR: While Ms Lagarde hasn’t provided details of the findings in her speeches, deputy managing director Min Zhu told an audience in Dalian, China, this month that a near halving of investment

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