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Popular Science Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:48 Source

Is there anywhere that Google Street View hasn't gone?

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Nearly 10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Gulf Coast. While moving over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the storm unexpectedly revved up from a Category 3 hurricane to Category 5—the worst possible scenario. With winds faster than 157 miles per hour, Katrina pushed a wall of water three times higher than predicted over Louisiana's levees, killing 1,833 people and causing at least $80 billion in property damages.

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Popular Science Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:48 Source

Right now, if you're one of the millions who've lost a limb, you don't have a lot of options when it comes to replacing it. Prosthetics tend to be clunky, limited in function, and lacking in tactile feedback. Hand and arm transplants have been successful, but require you to be on immunosuppressants for the rest of your life. A better option is on the horizon: In a decade or so, scientists are hoping they'll be able to regenerate your lost limb using your own cells.

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Popular Science Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:48 Source

You probably remember when you had the chicken pox. Maybe you recall a few times you caught the flu. But you might have had some infections that you never even realized or that you don't remember. Even if you don't remember, your immune system does—it has special antibodies to combat those viruses should they ever return. Now researchers have developed a quick, inexpensive method called VirScan that can detect the viruses currently infecting a patient as well as those with which she was infected in the past, all from a tiny sample of blood.

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Popular Science Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:48 Source

Exams are stressful, so it's understandable that some people would want to circumvent the hard work of studying by instead cheating. For students taking the national university entrance exams in China, there's now one more little thing to worry about: drones, deployed to catch cheaters.

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Popular Science Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:48 Source

The huge fringed skull of the dinosaur was so massive that it had to be lifted out of the Canadian countryside by helicopter.

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Popular Science Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:48 Source

The tiny penguin chick Curry (named after Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry) was ready for the spotlight. Despite a little bit of squirming in his handler, biologist Crystal Crimbchin's arms, the month-old African penguin was actually a fairly well-behaved ball of fluff for his debut on a Google Hangout earlier this afternoon.

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Popular Science Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:48 Source

Space makes for strange relationships. With NASA's Space Shuttle shuttered since 2011, American astronauts have hitched rides to the International Space Station inside Russian Soyuz rockets for the past four years. But ever since Russia claimed Crimea and supported a separatist movement in Ukraine, the United States and Russia haven't exactly been on great terms. Congress passed punitive sanctions on Russia, and in retaliation, Russia forbade the sale of rocket engines to the American military.

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Popular Science Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:48 Source

We think of flying as escaping gravity. How could it be anything else, when vehicles leave the ground and soar through the sky? It's much more complicated than that, and it turns out that low gravity doesn't necessarily make for easier flight. So to get a drone that works in space, NASA issued a challenge. The winner is a quadcopter that can also crawl on the walls of a space station and grab objects with its mechanical arm. Charming!

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Popular Science Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:48 Source

“Everyone on the team signs an NDA with GM and other sponsors,” said Nathaniel Steinbock, controls lead on the University of Washington team. “They gave us the computer-aided design files for the car, so we had everything except the body panels. Not even we knew what the car would look like.”

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Popular Science Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:48 Source

It's the third time this incarnation of what's being touted in the media as female Viagra has been brought before the FDA for approval. The agency hit the brakes on flibanserin in 2010 and again in 2013, saying its modest benefits didn't outweigh the risks. This time around, Sprout Pharmaceuticals was betting on new safety data to tip the scales in their direction. They were right.

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xkcd.com Friday, June 5, 2015 - 10:00 Source

Mmmm, this is such a positive experience! I feel no social pressure to enjoy it at all!

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 5, 2015 - 09:57 Source

As I recall, the saying goes something along the lines, “no matter how bad figures are, you can always pretend they look better,” and Joe Hockey has certainly done that with the latest GDP numbers released on Wednesday.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 09:17 Source

By Leith van Onselen The circus troupe has well and truly rolled into town, with Dad’s Army’s “Mad” Adam Carr joining forces with Treasurer Joe Hockey to attack us “simpleton” doomsayers: As good as it was to see a strong quarter of growth in the GDP numbers, the fact remains that on an annual basis

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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 09:01 Source

Yesterday was a good one for families of three children murdered at an Aboriginal mission in northern NSW more than two decades ago. Amy McQuire reports.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 08:50 Source

By Chris Becker By deferring this week’s IMF payment and bundling with the other neck crunchers due in June, Greece has riled risk markets overnight with stocks hit as hot money returned to bonds. The IMF provided a left hook to long USD holders with its comments that the Federal Reserve should hold off on

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 08:48 Source

By Leith van Onselen ABC News has run an interesting article on West Perth, which was once the mecca for junior miners and engineering outfits during the resources boom, but now has become somewhat of a ghost town: Almost a fifth of West Perth offices are now lying empty and property expert Gavin Hegney believes

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The Melbourne Urbanist Friday, June 5, 2015 - 08:39 Source

Will apartment standards make apartment residents better off?

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Digitopoly Friday, June 5, 2015 - 01:36 Source

bell_media_enIt happens often. An old media company makes a crazy and misunderstood statement about new media. Sometimes I start to think that after all of these years, maybe just maybe, they will start to get it. But then a story appears that demonstrates how far off things are.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:57 Source

From the AFR late yesterday: Asked by shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen why Australian living standards were falling, Mr Hockey said “that is a ridiculous statement, and it’s wrong … because we have got asset values going up in Australia. …”The incomes of Australian families are under significant pressure and the Treasurer hasn’t bothered to acquaint himself with

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:50 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) yesterday released real household disposable income (HDI) data, derived from the March quarter national accounts (released Wednesday), which revealed that real per capita HDI was flat over the quarter and was down by 0.1% over the past year (see next chart). As shown above, Australian

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:45 Source

By Leith van Onselen Wednesday’s national accounts release for the March quarter confirmed that Australia’s FIRE economy – Finance, Insurance and Rental, Hiring & Real Estate Services – continues to scorch the economy, increasing its share of the Australian economy to a record 11.4% (see next chart). Since financial markets were first deregulated in the mid-1980s,

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:35 Source

By Leith van Onselen In the week ended 4 June 2015, the Core Logic-RP Data 5-city daily dwelling price index, which covers the five major capital city markets, fell by 0.44% – the fourth consecutive weekly decline, which typically happens this time of year (see next chart). Values fell across Sydney and Melbourne, but rose

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:20 Source

There’s no point repeating my full five drivers report on the Australian dollar today given little has changed. You can read it here. I wish only to add one observation on the last 24 hours of action. Without any push for the RBA or Fed (if anything the pressure has been the reverse) or a

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:19 Source

From BofAML: Hedge funds increased gross exposure to $1.9tn notional as of the beginning of Q2 2015, a 5.1% QoQ increase.  Percentage-wise, long exposure stood at 132%, slightly below the Q2 2007 reading of 133%. Short exposure was 55%, much lower than the Q2 2007 reading of 74% (Chart 3). When including ETF positions, gross

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:10 Source

Some more from the IEA Medium Term Gas Market Report: Global gas demand growth re-accelerates amid growing uncertainties The Medium-Term Gas Market Report (MTGMR) 2015 forecasts that global gas demand will reaccelerate following a marked slowdown in both 2013 and 2014. The expectation for stronger economic growth and lower oil and gas prices provides some

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:05 Source

From The Australian: It is understood that approaches have been made by Mr Forrest to banks such as Macquarie, UBS and possibly Goldman Sachs concerning Chichester. …Predictions by Fortescue are that they will be able to reduce costs at Solomon Hub to about $20 a tonne, whereas Chichester could only go as low as $26.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:04 Source

The Brent oil price was hit hard last as the OPEC meeting appears to set to persist with unchanged output down 2.5% to $62.27. The indicative LNG contract price slumped to $9.06mmBtu: In news, the buzz is the US, from the AFR: Vivek Chandra, an Australian behind aspiring US Gulf gas exporter Texas LNG reckons…”The big

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:02 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. Step 1. Create a massive bull market in stocks Step 2. Open the capital account just far enough to qualify for inclusion in major stock indexes Step 3. Global index funds “have” to buy your inflated shares And, voila, from FT, Vanguard to start buying mainland Chinese equities: Asurprise move

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 5, 2015 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: People Are Worried About Bond Market Liquidity – Bloomberg View Bond Rout Wipes Out 2015 Gains as Traders Stay Glued to Screens – Bloomberg The Fed’s Zero-Rate Policy Boosts Inequality, Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz Says – Wall Street Journal Fed Urged by IMF to Postpone Rate Liftoff to First

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