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Popular Science Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:19 Source

Whales are awesome and important. But because they are so big and sensitive to sound, researchers have a hard time collecting all the data they need without freaking them out. Now, whale biologists from the nonprofit Ocean Alliance have teamed up with students from the Olin College of Engineering to create drones that can capture one of the most important biological materials--a whale's snot--without disturbing the animals.

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Popular Science Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:19 Source

Corals are great at absorbing toxic heavy metals, which is one of the many reasons they are dying off. Now researchers have created synthetic corals that use these same properties to soak up the pollutants instead.

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Popular Science Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:19 Source

Genetics researchers are really excited about CRISPR/Cas9, an enzyme that has made it easier than ever for scientists to target a particular strand of DNA, snip part of it out, and replace it. And though its use in humans is still in its infancy, many experts predict that engineering the human genome is inevitable.

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Popular Science Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:19 Source

It's no secret—there's a lot of energy held just a few thousand feet under Earth's surface. To harness any sizable amount of our planet's underlying geothermal energy for steam power, we would have to bore more than two miles into the crust. Unfortunately, the current drilling process is prohibitively expensive for most interested parties, ranging from $5 to 20 million depending on the depth desired.

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Popular Science Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:19 Source

Miller and Valasek plan to release a paper on their work and present it at the Black Hat conference, which focuses on digital security issues, in August. The vulnerability, according to the Wired article where the hack was revealed, is in the Uconnect system used by Fiat Chrysler in several models. The company has released a patch for the vulnerability.

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Popular Science Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:19 Source

American air dominance has long rested on staying technologically ahead of the enemy. With high-speed stealth design, advanced avionics, and integrated computing, the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II is built to keep that edge for the United States and its allies. The problem—aside from a spate of cost overruns, malfunctions, and delays—is that other countries are no longer far behind.

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Popular Science Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:19 Source

It's a big galaxy, and there are a lot of planets out there. The Kepler Space Telescope has already discovered more than 4,175 possible planets, and today it's adding another 500 to the list--including an Earth-like world that could show us a preview of our planet's future. Some of the exoplanet candidates may turn out to be just sunspots or other anomalies, but an estimated 80 percent are expected to be real planets.

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Delimiter Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:17 Source

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has claimed that the telecommunications industry and the Government are on a “unity ticket” with respect to the new tranche of national security-related telco reforms, despite sharp disagreement from the industry and a recent history of the Government ignoring industry concern on such issues.

The article Telcos and Govt in TSSR “unity ticket”, claims Turnbull appeared first on Delimiter.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:11 Source

Timberrrr: And for perspective: We’re about halfway to the low as the “Australian moment” goes down in a flaming comet of tearing metal, flesh and hubris.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:11 Source

Owners of Australia's dirtiest power plant reportedly looking to convert it to co-firing facility to burn native wood waste as well as coal.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:57 Source

Just to let readers know, we’re aware of the Chrome issues and are working up a fix asap. Regards, MB Team

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:51 Source

The newly named Caixin China Flash PMI is out and has missed badly to the downside: Flash China General Manufacturing PMI™ at 48.2 in July (49.4 in June). 15-month low.  Flash China General Manufacturing Output Index at 47.3 in July (49.7 in June). 16-month low. Data collected 13–22 July 2015. The Caixin Flash China

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Renew Economy Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:50 Source

ACT energy minister convinces state, federal counterparts to factor in emissions, push battery storage and coal plant retirement.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:50 Source

France to cut share of nuclear power from 75% to 50% by 2025, and double share of renewables. The devil is in the detail.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:48 Source

Broadcaster Alan Jones said on Q&A that the cost of wind power far outstrips the cost of coal power. He admits he was wrong.

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Delimiter Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:29 Source

A group of major Australian telcos have issued a fiery statement damning Malcolm Turnbull’s Department of Communications for its “extraordinary” attempt to support Telstra’s profitability and keep telecommunications prices from dropping.

The article “Extraordinary”: Telcos slam Turnbull’s Dept for backing Telstra over consumers appeared first on Delimiter.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:16 Source

As with so many of his categorical promises, when Tony Abbott said “the GST won’t change – full stop, end of story”, he lied.

Having ruled out any form of revenue raising, and with the debt and deficit growing, he was in a dilemma – well not him personally because he finds economics dull. Someone else can worry about that.

And then along came Mike, good looking popular Mike who, having just won an election, won’t have to face the polls for another four years.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, July 24, 2015 - 10:43 Source

By Eva Cripps

Dear Mr Shorten,

I don’t actually know why I afford you the respect of addressing you by title, since you clearly have no respect for the Australian people. You demonstrably have no respect for humanity.

Have you lost your mind?

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 24, 2015 - 10:36 Source

I noted this morning that Brent oil is tanking again and, just as importantly, that the forward curve is in free fall: My target remains $50 for this move and technicals suggest a retest of January lows. The point I wish to make now is that neither a hawkish Fed nor bond markets are ready for

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 24, 2015 - 10:12 Source

By Leith van Onselen Following the conclusion of the COAG leaders’ meeting yesterday, it is now only a matter of time until the threshold by which the GST is applied to overseas purchases is lowered from $1,000. Here’s what Assistant Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said about the issue on ABC Radio this morning: JOSH FRYDENBERG: Look,

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xkcd.com Friday, July 24, 2015 - 10:00 Source

I'm going to drive this Netherlands joke so far into the ground they'll have to build levees around it to keep the sea out.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 24, 2015 - 09:46 Source

From Deutsche: We retain our SELL on valuation (A$1.44/sh) and high debt levels. The dramatic drop in Life of Mine (LOM) strip ratios continues. Average 20 year LOM strip ratios are now expected to be 2.3:1 at the Chichester hub and 1.7:1 at Solomon. This has again been achieved through “blending and beneficiation” which has

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 24, 2015 - 09:36 Source

By Leith van Onselen Former Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) and New Zealand Treasury special adviser, Michael Reddell, is a rare breed. While working at the RBNZ last year, Reddell wrote a cracking paper questioning the merits of New Zealand’s high immigration program, which appears to have crowded-out (through higher interest rates and a high

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 24, 2015 - 09:21 Source

By Chris Becker NASA may have found life elsewhere in the galaxy, but not in overnight markets where US stocks fell again on poor earnings even as weekly jobless claims fell to record lows and Europe remains under pressure. Bonds continue to be bid as yields fall, the US 10 year Treasury seemingly on its

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The Melbourne Urbanist Friday, July 24, 2015 - 08:43 Source

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month

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Drag0nista's Blog Friday, July 24, 2015 - 08:27 Source

If Labor gets its boats policy wrong, there is one party waiting to scoop up the unhappy voters, and it’s not led by Tony Abbott.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, July 24, 2015 - 08:12 Source

“I’m not in favour of changing the flag, I’ve got to say. Although I have to say that if the Commonwealth star was to be a 7-pointed star rather than a 6-pointed star, that’s hardly a massive change. I would say that that is an evolution rather than a revolution.”

Tony Abbott on the Northern Territory becoming a state.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 24, 2015 - 08:09 Source

By Leith van Onselen The vice is tightening around Australia’s property investors. First it was Westpac Bank, which announced that investors would need a minimum 20% deposit in order to secure a new investor mortgage. Then, as reported yesterday, ANZ Bank lifted its home loan rates on all variable investor mortgages by 0.27% and by

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, July 24, 2015 - 07:39 Source

There was a certain politeness about Waleed Aly’s critique of our political system in his article this week, “Politics: the ugly game where the melee rules”. It was a politeness that the system, and those who exploit it, don’t deserve.

The historian and moralist, Lord Acton (1834-1902) is given the credit for the much quoted, “All power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, July 24, 2015 - 06:31 Source

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