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Popular Science Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:25 Source

Imagine you want to figure out how accurate something is. How would you go about it? Well, you might go to the library, find the relevant encyclopedia article, and read it. But let's be honest: in this day and age, you'll probably just type your question into Google.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:25 Source

Offshore wind farms in the United States are the new flying car. We keep saying that it's just around the corner but somehow practical results never manifest. Europe has 2,488 offshore wind turbines up and running, with 408 installed in the last year; this nation has a grand total of zero. (U-S-A! U-S-... ah, forget it.) However, a plucky new company could soon change that.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:25 Source

A new smart necklace aims to rid us of our eating sins by automatically guessing the portions and contents of our meals. The device is called WearSens, and it was developed by UCLA engineers to provide more accountability over what we devour.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:25 Source

Fumbling for a cell phone that rang during a meeting can be pretty embarrassing, and tapping out an email on a smartwatch is always a frustrating experience. To make mobile devices even simpler to control, a team of German and American computer scientists has created a patch called the iSkin that turns your epidermis into a digital interface. Just place the patch on your preferred body part, and with a few simple taps, you can answer calls, raise or lower music volume, or type on a bigger smartwatch keyboard without having to grope for the phone in your pocket or bag.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:24 Source

From The Australian: Struggling Australian iron ore miner Fortescue Metals has announced a new $US2.5 billion senior secured debt issue, and will also extend the maturity on its existing $US4.9 billion credit facility beyond 2021. The move gives strength to Fortescue’s balance sheet after continued weakness in the iron ore price has left investors wary […]

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:15 Source

Willoughby1-LIBWilloughby is a safe Liberal seat on the north shore of Sydney, covering Chatswood, Willoughby, Middle Cove, Northbridge, Naremburn, Crows Nest and Cammeray.

Liberal Party deputy leader Gladys Berejiklian has held Willoughby since 2003, and now holds the seat by a 30.4% margin. Berejiklian has served as Minister for Transport since 2011, and was elected deputy leader in 2014.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:34 Source

By Leith van Onselen Former head of the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and Audit Commission chair, Tony Shepherd, has called on the Government to lift Australia’s immigration intake in a bid to raise living standards and add $1.6 trillion to the economy. From The Australian: Tony Shepherd, has warned that the ­migration intake should […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 07:26 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 05:04 Source

The Reserve Bank of Australia is the slowest reforming central bank on earth. It is staid, reactive and sees itself as James Joyce did in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, paring its fingernails while waiting for the economy to signal its needs. This was always something of a convenient fiction, used by […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 05:00 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 05:00 Source

The post AFG: Mortgage demand explodes after rate cut appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 04:59 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 04:58 Source

Where’s Maurice Newman when you need him? From the SMH comes sudden progress on the Renewable Energy Target: It has been more than 12 months since the Abbott government launched a review of the bipartisan target, which calls for 41,000 gigawatt hours of annual renewable energy production by 2020. Environment Minister Greg Hunt has resumed talks […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 01:20 Source

From The Australian: MORE than 1000 Rio Tinto jobs on the east and west coasts and many more around the globe could be in the firing line as chief executive Sam Walsh strengthens his cost-cutting drive by ­targeting duplication. Mr Walsh has given six of his eight executive committee members instructions to remove duplications in […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 01:15 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 01:10 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 01:02 Source

A new Chinese internet video called Under the Dome is suddenly making huge waves. The film is by journalist Chai Jing and covers China’s incredible  pollution problems in the style of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth: The video has been viewed by 160 million Chinese and via BeyondBrics comes Deutsche Bank: We believe this video may have macro implications… […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 01:01 Source

Macro & Markets Saudi Arabia ups official oil prices amid signs of stronger demand – Reuters It’s no JK: Oil spread blow-out portends new price slump – Reuters March Economic Update – The Short Side of Long The Price of Oil Is About to Blow a Hole in Corporate Accounting – Bloomberg Only mass default […]

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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 00:16 Source

ABC Antony Green’s Election Blog 2 March 2015: As the NSW election approaches, the Baird government's vulnerability to defeat is being hidden by the reporting of opinion polls.Opinion polls showing Coalition 2-party preferred result of 53% or 54% are being reported as the Baird government on track for re-election when in all likelihood they indicate a much closer contest with the government at risk of losing its majority.There are three reasons for this.The first is a likely change in preference behaviour by minor party and independent vot

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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 00:15 Source

Hot on the heels of its September 2013 election to federal government, the Coalition led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered a review of Australia’s welfare system.There is no dispute that it had the right to initiate such a review and chose who headed this review.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 20:34 Source

On International Women’s Day both the major political parties delivered telling, yet contrasting political statements on pertinent policy issues. Only one, the LNP’s, received any media coverage.

Their decision to host an International Women’s Day celebration luncheon at an exclusive Brisbane club that only allows men to be members has been met with universal ridicule in both the mainstream media and social media.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 16:12 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets We have seen some shaky price action in Europe yesterday with the DAX at the centre of this, although our opening calls suggest a more positive open today. Worryingly, the German market printed a bearish outside day reversal at the trend high and this could be the […]

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The Tally Room Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 15:30 Source

Northshore1-LIBNorth Shore is a very safe Liberal seat on the north shore of Sydney, covering North Sydney, Wollstonecraft, McMahons Point, Kirribilli, Cremorne and Mosman.

Jillian Skinner has held North Shore since 1994, and now holds the seat by a 30.4% margin.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 14:59 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: ­ Scandals involving Australia’s financial advice sector and the regulation of it have continued into another month, the latest chapter of which has involved NAB’s financial advice division. But this is not the first time NAB has attracted attention for its behaviour and the oversight of it. There was the time […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 14:47 Source

How is it that when a demonstrably unpopular, lying Prime Minister, devoid of any qualities of leadership, who has been so universally condemned in the media and by both supporter and foe alike for his deplorable governance, wasted 18 months of the life of the nation and survived a leadership spill – in the space of two weeks taken his party from a hopeless position to a winning one in the polls?

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 14:42 Source

ACT environment minister says changes may be made to plans for 7MW solar farm west of Canberra, after local opposition to the project.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 14:34 Source

New report says Direct Action likely to be rorted by big business, while another report says RET could meet most of emissions target if given policy certainty.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 14:34 Source

Carbon emissions from Australia's generators continue rise after repeal of carbon price, while demand in WA continues its fall.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 14:21 Source

Technology entrepreneur Simon Hackett has a Tesla. Now he wants to take his Adelaide tech business off-grid, with the help of solar and Redflow energy storage.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 14:21 Source

Technology entrepreneur Simon Hackett has a Tesla. Now he wants to take his Adelaide tech business off-grid, with the help of solar and Redflow energy storage.

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