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you said it... Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 18:39 Source

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Jessica Mauboy courtesy ABC

Singer, actor and songwriter Jessica Mauboy is one of Australia’s most popular, recognisable and well-loved stars. She is a multiple award winner and a great role-model for young women, particularly young Indigenous women. Only 24 years old, she has crammed more achievement into her short life than most people three times her age.

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Popular Science Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 04:30 Source

David Hu wanted to know what it'd be like to change an elephant's nappy. Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has two toddlers, so he's been doing his fair share of diaper work in the past few years. Like any curious teacher would, he turned it into a question for his fluid mechanics class: How long would it take to empty an elephant's bladder, based on the bladder and urethra dimensions of that animal? A couple of his more enthusiastic undergrads grabbed a high speed camera, went to the zoo and measured the process in real life. 

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Popular Science Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 02:05 Source

A few weeks ago, NASA announced that Voyager 1 has become history’s first interstellar spacecraft. More than 11 billion miles from the Earth and 35 years into its mission, sometime in early August 2012 the spacecraft left the heliosphere, that invisible bubble where the solar wind’s influence dominates. Now in the wholly unknown environment of interstellar space, Voyager 1 promises to return a wealth of previously unattainable data for scientists and an equivalent trove of inspirational discoveries and perspectives for non-scientists. Even if our emissary is crippled and slowly decaying, humanity has become an interstellar species.

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Friday, October 18, 2013 - 21:53 Source

A rich vein of work in journalism studies is that existing norms and narrative functions of the craft are seen as obsolete by a new generation of media-savvy digital natives.

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Digitopoly Friday, October 18, 2013 - 12:26 Source

The HBR saga continues today with HBR responding both in the Financial Times and to me personally about some of the issues that have been raised this week. To recap, here are links to:

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Friday, October 18, 2013 - 11:55 Source

When people use painkillers just to get through the day, it's unsurprising that prescription drug abuse claims lives. What's alarming is how little we know about patterns of use, writes George Dertadian

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Friday, October 18, 2013 - 11:25 Source

Parliament house_280A few days ago Jenny Macklin put out a press release headlined “Abbott Government Dumps DisabilityCare Roll Out”, implying that the new Coalition Government has no intention to fully roll out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across the country. Google took me to a page where presumably the press release once existed, but has now been taken down.

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Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:43 Source

If families can afford to have one parent stay at home, why don't they? Tim Napper put his career on hold to raise his son, and it was an eye opener about relationships and gendered labour

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Popular Science Friday, October 18, 2013 - 07:06 Source

I love the idea of contagious yawning. Who's a sleepy baby? Everyone's a sleepy baby! Every uncontrolled, open-mouthed breath I take can be spread to all around me, forcing them to also expose the back of their throats in a mildly undignified manner, regardless of their level of sleepiness. The contagious plague of yawning can even leap across species from us to our close relative, the chimpanzee, according to research from Lund University in Sweden.

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Popular Science Friday, October 18, 2013 - 05:13 Source

More than 80 percent of the world's sharp snouted day frogs died off in the decade leading up to 2004. In 2002, the International Union for Conservation of Nature placed the little frog species with a wedge shaped snout on its Red List of critically endangered species. Its hopping grounds were at the fringes of the rainforest and in the uplands of Australia.

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Popular Science Friday, October 18, 2013 - 03:18 Source

When writing a truly grabby headline about robots, you generally have two options.

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Café Whispers Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 20:18 Source

In over three years this blog has received almost 140,000 comments and among them there have been some absolute jaw-droppers from our friendly (and not so friendly) right-wing visitors.

Some of the pathetic dribble they sprout, either in support of their bumbling idol Tony Abbott, or their feigned condemnation of anyone who wears a Labor badge makes me proud to belong to the group of people who have an IQ at least 50 points higher than them.

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laberal Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 16:48 Source

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WixxyLeaks Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 13:04 Source

Tuesday the 15th October 2013 was a significant day in the history of the Health Services Union.

It was the day that Michael Williamson finally pleaded guilty to over 50 charges relating to fraud and the destruction of evidence. The amount of money he defrauded from the union came to close to $1 Million, that’s a lot of member contributions.

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Red Bluff Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 12:55 Source
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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 12:00 Source

The Victorian government won't keep to its own legal guidelines for the protection of endangered species, so an environmental group took them to court - with good results, writes Felicity Millner

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:56 Source

During the last federal election campaign the Greens waged a campaign against anyone whose preferencing they didn't like - and the strategy backfired, argues the Sex Party's Robbie Swan

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:56 Source

During the last federal election campaign the Greens waged a campaign against anyone whose preferencing they didn't like - and the strategy backfired, argues the Sex Party's Robbie Swan

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 07:27 Source

Greg Sheridan in the Australian:

One of the most disagreeable defects of the Rudd and Gillard governments was the way they so often misrepresented reality, especially international reality. They tried to do this on such a scale that ultimately the public could see through it on many issues, especially boats and climate change.

He then suggests that the ABC still suffers this defect.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 06:36 Source

The ancient tragedians - Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides – have as a central theme in their works the element of hubris – overweening pride – that afflicts each of their protagonists.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 02:35 Source

Neil Buchanan and Michael Dorf make what I think is a valid point – effectively the combination of the US debt ceiling, taxation and spending create a conundrum for the President where he has to act unconstitutionally in one or more areas. That is, to break the debt ceiling would be to usurp Congress’ borrowing power. To increase taxation would be to usurp Congress’ taxation power. And to cut spending would be to usurp Congress’ spending power.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 02:11 Source

Divers have hauled a 570-kilogram-plus (1,257 pounds) hunk of meteorite from Lake Chebarkul in the Urals region of Russia. The rock seems to be a piece of the meteorite that landed in the country this February. The fragment was so large it: 1) broke into three pieces during removal and 2) broke the scale scientists used to weigh it, once the scale reached the 570-kilogram mark.

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Digitopoly Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 22:51 Source

1299430841_harvard_business_review_2011_04_downmagazMy post last week on Harvard Business School Publishing’s pricing rules for Harvard Business Review artic

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 22:14 Source

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 15:05 Source

I don’t know if these continuing episodes of the Perils of Pauline are just there to sell newspapers or whether there is more to it and the US might really default on its debt but this is where we are right now. From The Washington Post:

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 14:15 Source

Simon writes eloquently on the blog today that the last hope of those looking for climate action is to ‘make climate change the issue again’, and that it needs to be about ‘real-life’ impacts.

He is precisely half right.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 13:13 Source

With the new electoral boundaries in place, it's time to publish an electoral pendulum for the 2015 NSW Election.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 13:04 Source

The sacking of Greg Reynolds, a dissident Australian cleric, shows the Vatican is prepared and able to swiftly remove priests. Adam Brereton's report begins our Royal Commission coverage

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 13:02 Source

There’s a new web page at Quadrant Online to celebrate the 500th issue of the magazine. What an extraordinary achievement. Congratulations to Quadrant and Keith Windschuttle, the latest in a long line of great editors, who have helped keep our liberties alive. And congratulations to Roger Franklin, the online editor, who has made the site a daily requirement. The dangers never cease and Quadrant remains one of the most important of our own institutions in trying to hold back the many threats to our freedoms. If you come here you should also go there.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 12:48 Source

“I want the reader to consider whether the survival of the democratic system may not be dependent upon a general recognition of the illegitimacy of privately motivated coercion in all forms.”

From Hutt’s book The Strike Threat System, the mythology of Labor’s “bitter struggle”.

•“The strike-threat system is an intolerable abuse of economic freedom. The strike is a type of warfare under which privileged groups can gain at the expense of the unprivileged.”

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