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Popular Science Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:20 Source

Amelia Earhart disappeared 77 years ago, but 2014 is turning out to be a banner year for her. Her namesake completed a memorial flight around the world, reenacting the original Earhart's infamous flight (without so much of a tragic ending). Now, a group believes that they have found a piece of Earhart's ill-fated plane.   

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Popular Science Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:20 Source

Bad news, trick-or-treaters: A new recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) deals a serious blow to your annual candy binge. The guideline, set to be released this fall, drops the suggested daily intake of “free sugars”—those added to processed foods, such as high-fructose corn syrup, and those that result when naturally occurring sugars are refined, as with maple syrup.

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Popular Science Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:20 Source

If you give a lab mouse the mouse version of Ebola, it will die. But not in the same way humans with Ebola do. Lab mice infected with Ebola don't get hemorrhagic fever. They don't form tiny clots in their blood, like human Ebola sufferers do, even though the genetic sequence of the mouse Ebolavirus differs from human Ebolavirus in only 13 out of its nearly 19,000 DNA letters.

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Popular Science Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:20 Source

One of the selling points of Google Glass is its ability to take pictures and video of anything within your field of vision, but when that field of vision is occupied by the latest major motion picture, your Google Glass now needs to be far, far away. 

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 07:48 Source

From the AFR: Government-run media outlets in China have speculated for years that Gao Yan, a former high-ranking Communist Party official, alleged to have stolen millions of dollars in state assets, fled to Australia in 2002. One source has confirmed the ­Australian Federal Police is ­investigating property linked to Mr Gao’s son, Gao Xinyuan. This raises […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 07:43 Source

By Leith van Onselen Prosper’s David Collyer has released an excellent new report examining listed developer land banks in Australia, using data derived from ASX annual reports. Below are the key extracts. First Collyer examines some of the underlying reasons behind land banking, which support my own views (outlined here): Listed property developers report their […]

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, October 31, 2014 - 07:37 Source

Okay, it's actually Action Comics #1 but it is in mint condition and it is Supes origin story. The issue, available to peruse at CGC's certification site, was recently bought at auction for something north of a bazillion elephant bucks. It had to be assessed for auction, just like any work of art, and so you get to have a look to.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 07:30 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 07:17 Source

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:30 Source

The Archive Super Nerds of both OZ and NZ have a kind of amazeballz project to profile every Australian and New Zealander who served in World War I. They're digitizing the service dossiers of everyone who served, including the women of the nursing corps and all the support services, and throwing it online with a heap of other documents, linking back to an earier project which crowd sourced photographs, letters and so on from family members.

You can check it out here.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 06:24 Source

From Fortune: China CITIC Bank, the bank owned by the country’s largest investment firm, said Thursday it would sell up to 11.9 billion yuan ($1.94 billion) in new shares in a private placement to China National Tobacco, maker of the country’s most popular cigarette brand. As such, that’s basically moving money from one state pocket […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 05:18 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation. It’s a far-from-perfect instrument of global governance. But as theExtractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) coalition celebrates its 12th birthday, it can point to steadily increasing membership and dialogue between countries, mining companies and NGOs. Regrettably, Australia, with one of the world’s largest mining economies, has still not committed to joining the 48 […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 05:17 Source

Equity and currency markets are celebrating the overnight release of US Q3 GDP, up a half percent as I write with the US dollar breaking out. From the BEA: Real gross domestic product — the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes — increased at an […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 01:01 Source

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North Coast Voices Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:16 Source

If there was an issue so big that it is recognised by both government and industry as being close to the hearts of a great many residents and electors living on the NSW North Coast, it is community opposition to coal seam and tight gas exploration and potential production.So what did the Nationals do on one of Troy Grant’s early visits as Nationals leader and deputy premier of the state – they start a donnybrook that will have people shaking their heads and saying; Told you the Nats were for all for 1,000 well strong gasfields in our paddocks.Grant needs to keep better control of his troops if he wants the Nationals to hold regional seats

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North Coast Voices Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:15 Source

The ideology-based wrecking ball that is the Abbott Government can possibly be explained thus…………………..Kruger  and I published a paper that documented how, in many areas of life, incompetent people do not recognize -- scratch that, cannot recognize -- just how incompetent they are, a phenomenon that has come to be known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.  Logic itself almost demands this lack of self-insight:  for poor performers to recognize their ineptitude would require them to possess the very expertise they lack.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:03 Source

The transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks is one of the most significant challenges currently facing our health system. The success (or otherwise) of these new primary health care organisations will have far reaching and long...

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Digitopoly Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 23:44 Source

It has been a minor obsession in my life to find good ways of managing email. I have been down the route whereby my Inbox is a mixture of things I have just received, things I have ignored but may come back to and things that I am trying to trigger some memory for. A few years ago, there was a Kickstarter for Mailpilot that actually had an incredible but by now obvious insight: your email is, in fact, a ‘to do’ list and should be organised as such.

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Digitopoly Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 23:44 Source

It has been a minor obsession in my life to find good ways of managing email. I have been down the route whereby my Inbox is a mixture of things I have just received, things I have ignored but may come back to and things that I am trying to trigger some memory for. A few years ago, there was a Kickstarter for Mailpilot that actually had an incredible but by now obvious insight: your email is, in fact, a ‘to do’ list and should be organised as such.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 22:57 Source

It’s easy to score points off a dead man: they rarely put up a fight, writes Nick Kenny. All sides of the political spectrum, says Nick, have come out swinging cheap shots since Gough Whitlam’s death last week – The ALP, the Liberals, and the Greens – all trying to rewrite history in their own ink, for their own gain. Nick’s three-part series will set the record straight.

Myth # 1 – “The Whitlam Government was a shining example of progressive politics. Just like The Greens”.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 22:32 Source

The construction industry is paying much closer attention to sustainability and energy efficiency, reports Dr Anthony Horton.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 16:56 Source

They’re spending like drunken sailors.

When you voted in the federal election last year, were you concerned about Labor’s debt and deficits, and did they effect how you voted? Did you think that Labor’s spending was unsustainable and had to be stopped?

Because if the answer is yes, the news is not good. The Coalition, right now, is on track to double Labor’s debt by December next year.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 16:16 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets While US equities retreated on the back of the Fed, Asia has reacted somewhat differently with markets broadly mixed. Just to recap on the FOMC meeting, QE came to an end as many expected and the Fed offered up a moderately hawkish statement. The […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 15:21 Source

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 15:02 Source

ARENA to fund AGL Energy study into grid-connected energy storage for its wind farms in South Australia.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 15:01 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Recently, the head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Greg Medcraft, called Australia a “paradise” for white-collar criminals. Soon after he recanted, claiming he didn’t want the country to become a haven for financial fraudsters. This rephrasing likely followed when Finance Minister Mathias Cormann leaned on Medcraft. The mass media […]

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:53 Source

It’s been a 20-year struggle, but now a parliamentary inquiry could shed light on the deaths of three Aboriginal children in the 1990s.

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Drag0nista's Blog Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:31 Source

Over the five years I’ve been writing about politics I’ve steered clear of feminism: mostly because I don’t really know much about it. I didn’t do gender studies at high school or university and, perhaps most importantly, it was never raised as an issue at home. My parents never told me I had a natural...

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:09 Source

From Bernard Keane at Crikey today on the Abbott Government’s release of the data retention bill: …there’s no actual detail in the data retention bill. Brandis himself acknowledged this, saying it was a short bill, “just 47 pages”. That’s because the technical detail of what, specifically, the data that telcos and ISPs will need to […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:08 Source

French renewable energy developer Neoen plans to build 5 utility scale solar PV plants near key demand centres in western NSW.

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