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Popular Science Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:09 Source

Whether it's a nervous habit or done just by accident, most people crack their knuckles every once in a while. But the reason why joints crack at all (and the long-term effects of cracking) has been the subject of much debate in the scientific community. With the help of a real-time MRI image, a group of Canadian and Australian researchers could help settle the debate once and for all. Their work was published today in PLOS One.

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Popular Science Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:09 Source

Over the past decade, cancer treatment has become increasingly sophisticated, harnessing a patient's own immune system to fight tumors, or decoding the genome to figure out and fix exactly which genes are out of whack.

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Popular Science Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:09 Source

When a whale dies in the ocean, its carcass sinks slowly to the seafloor, becoming a smorgasbord for many different kinds of marine creatures. One of the weirdest of these opportunistic scavengers is a group of worms known as Osedax, a genus of bone-eaters found in oceans all over the world.

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Popular Science Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:08 Source

Drones offer a lot of potential for farmers, from shining lights on crops at night to better tracking just how well crops are growing. At an asparagus farm in the Netherlands, some farmers decided to use the drones for a more novel purpose: carrying the crop itself straight to the restaurant. It was supposed to be a cheery gimmick, a unique way to start off the harvesting season. And then the drone caught fire. Watch it burn!

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Popular Science Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:08 Source

Just a week after NASA scientists announced their certainty of finding alien life within the next 20 years, a team of scientists say they've found no obvious signs of advanced extraterrestrial life after searching 100,000 galaxies.

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Popular Science Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:08 Source

That dreaded “low battery” warning on your digital camera may soon become a thing of the past. Several groups are trying to engineer cameras that are solar-powered, no plugs necessary. Researchers at Columbia University have developed a novel design in which each of the camera's pixels can both collect light as an energy source and capture an image.

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Popular Science Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:08 Source

Earlier today, a postman from Ruskin, Florida, landed a gyrocopter on the east lawn of the United States Capitol building. Doug Hughes claimed his flight was intended as a nonviolent protest against corruption, and shortly after landing he was apprehended by police.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 08:49 Source

I beseech all respondents to put double spaces between their paragraphs, as I tire of correcting them. They are much more readable, and more authoritative. I am putting up more and more on Ellis Gold, and will inaugurate on it …

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 08:39 Source

From Matthew Stevens at the AFR: There is a clause in each and every one of WA’s iron ore mining agreements that says an operator must “ship from the company’s wharf all iron ore mined from the minerals lease and sold and use its best endeavours to obtain therefore the best price possible having regard

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 08:27 Source

Julie Bishop did not condemn Saudi Arabia for beheading a girl who had killed her sexually aggressive employer. ‘Saudi Arabia is our ally,’ she said, ‘and beheading women is in their culture, which it would be wrong of us to interfere with. We did not criticise them when eighteen of them took out the Twin Towers, killing several Australians, and we are not about to start now.’

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 08:13 Source

A new poll shows the gap between public opinion and the facts.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 08:10 Source

By Leith van Onselen Ahead of the release of the Federal Budget next month, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has called on the Government to unwind negative gearing by preventing rental losses from being claimed against unrelated wage/salary income, along with reducing the 50% discount on capital gains tax (CGT) for assets held for

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 07:42 Source

Just weeks after the Indian government backed down on a controversial coalmine it has frozen the accounts of the NGO that kicked up a stink.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 06:05 Source

Select parts of Corporate Australia are being revealed as naked as the iron ore tide goes out. Yesterday we had this from Coles CEO Mike Durkin: Coles boss John Durkan…told The Australian’s Global Food Forum that Australia’s economy is not doomed because of falling mining commodity prices. “We at Coles fundamentally disagree with that, we

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 05:39 Source

It would be a good idea if ten percent of the two million Gina Rinehart ‘earns’ every hour go to Aborigines whose land she is gouging and Noel Pearson and some other black leaders distribute it in proportions they think fit among Australia’s first peoples.

It could go, first, to those remote communities Barnett is proposing to ethnically cleanse from Western Australia.

Or else Abbott, perhaps, the relevant Minister, could explain why she is more deserving than they, and why she has more rights than they to dig up and carry off their sacred ground.

And why her ‘lifestyle choices’ should take precedence over theirs.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 05:09 Source

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday’s “disappointing” consumer sentiment report for April, released by Westpac, was potentially significant for the Australian economy as it searches for growth drivers to offset mining’s decline. Following the 3.2% fall to 96.2 points, overall consumer sentiment slumped to well below the 100 point threshold separating optimists and pessimists, with the

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 05:09 Source

From the AFR: Atlas announced on Friday it would gradually suspend operations at its three minesbut it is understood the company’s contractors are trying to convince it to keep its Wodgina and Abydos mines open. The operations are the two closest to the port and if tonnage could be increased to close to nine million

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 04:42 Source

East Bay Express 15 April 2015:On March 20, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reclassified glyphosate as a chemical that probably causes cancer. The IARC is a branch of the World Health Organization that focuses on cancer, and it combines the knowledge and expertise of epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, and biostatisticians.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 03:40 Source

By Leith van Onselen The news just keeps getting worse for Treasurer Joe Hockey, with the falling iron ore price expected to wipe billions more from the Federal Budget. From ABC News: “Since last year’s budget, collapsing iron ore prices and the subsequent write-down in tax receipts have already driven a cut in government revenue

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 00:28 Source

The Brent oil price has busted through it’s post-slump top at $62.88 as I write up 5%. The cause is the market’s growing confidence in the shale oil production peak as the DOE weekly inventory build dropped sharply:   Adding fuel to the fire, the US dollar was hit hard on weak data, offering a

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 00:10 Source

Here are the iron ore price charts for April 15, 2015:    Spot retraced some with Tianjn benchmark back below $50 at $49.70. Paper was mixed with 12 month swaps down hard after short covering was exhausted and Dalian was flat (though it is up 3 points overnight at 395). Rebar average was silent. Reuters

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George Monbiot Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 00:04 Source

Just when hope and courage are called for, Labour promises bean-counting

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th April 2015

Labour’s 1983 manifesto is widely known as the longest suicide note in history. Its 2015 manifesto is the longest till receipt in history. It is costed and funded, ordered and itemised, and will electrify anyone who is aroused by the high wild cry of accountancy.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 00:02 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. Are you new to stock investing? Do you get happy when stocks rise and nervous when stocks fall? Do you feel like you cannot go without checking on your stocks everyday? You might be suffering from stock market anxiety syndrome (AKA a stock market bubble), Xinhua: 新华社连发4文致新股民:别让涨跌左右了生活: In fact, this

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Monetary policy in the future – Brookings Druckenmiller Bets on Market Surprise With China Boom, Oil Rise – Bloomberg Druckenmiller: I just know this is going to end badly; I can feel it in my bones – Business Insider Global property bubble fears mount as prices and yields spike

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 23:28 Source

Health policy news has been making headlines of late. There’s been: • the Federal Government’s long-awaited announcement on the new Primary Health Networks; • the move to financially penalise conscientious objectors to childhood...

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TPS Extra Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 17:30 Source

It was way back in 1969, 45 years ago, that Laurence J Peter, Canadian educator and management theorist, formulated The Peter Principle, a concept in management theory in which the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate's performance in their current role rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. From this principle, he argued that employees stop being promoted only when they can no longer perform effectively, famously concluding that "managers rise to the level of their incompetence."

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 16:06 Source

On the anniversary of the landmark Royal Commission, deaths in custody continue. Now is the time to remember Harrison Day, and the 98 others whose memory we have failed.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 15:46 Source

The only bad thing about the frigid chill of winter getting lifted off the northern hemisphere is that the long warm days herald the arrival of blood-sucking demons sent straight from hell to torment us all. Or mosquitoes. They go by that name too.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 15:46 Source

Drones are not really known for their amphibiosity. Most quadcopters handle water so poorly that their pilots will dive into canals to save them. Waterproof drones are novel enough that floating without failing is enough to be a selling point.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 15:46 Source

Android 5.0 Lollipop already lets you skip the traditional lock screen via Trusted Face, which uses facial recognition to make sure you're you, or if you're connected to a Trusted Device, like a specific Bluetooth. Now, Google is adding a new smart lock: Trusted Voice, which uses voice recognition to check your identity.

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