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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:32 Source

“It's in your hands now,” Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki said in a video during Sony's E3 event, announcing a Kickstarter for the long-awaited sequel to the Japanese open-world adventure series that debuted in 1999.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:32 Source

To fight drones, a state-owned Russian defense firm is developing an anti-drone “microwave gun,” according to Russian state-owned news site Sputnik. The gun will have a range of just over six miles and fire in 360 degrees. It won't destroy drones, but it will disable the “radio electronics” of drones and precision warheads, if it works as promised. It certainly sounds clever. But it might be solving a problem that doesn't really exist.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:32 Source

Just before dawn on the morning of November 15, 1988, the Energiya rocket stood fueled and ready on the launch pad at Baikonur, the Soviet Union's launch site. Mated to the booster was the Buran space shuttle orbiter, ready for its maiden flight. It looked to strongly reminiscent of NASA's Space Transportation System, colloquially known as the space shuttle, but the two spacecraft weren't identical.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:31 Source

Starfish apparently really like their privacy. Two biology students in Denmark learned this the hard way. They'd been given a relatively simple assignment; label starfish with tiny tags that would let researchers identify individual animals for future studies. So they injected small tags (like the microchips used to identify pets) into the starfish, only to find the tags outside of the starfish a few days later.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:31 Source

Aguadrone, a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter by Daniel Marion, manages to combine the worlds of fly fishing and remote control aircraft, creating a waterproof quadcopter with some niche potential.

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George Monbiot Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 16:56 Source

In defending the natural world, we should be honest about our motivations – it’s love that drives us, not money.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th June 2015

Who wants to see the living world destroyed? Who wants an end to birdsong, bees and coral reefs, the falcon’s stoop, the salmon’s leap? Who wants to see the soil stripped from the land, the sea rimed with rubbish?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 16:22 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Fed holds the key Traders are cautious on the eve of the FOMC meeting as they continue to look for some direction from the Fed. This is quite interesting though, considering the Fed has done a lot to improve communication to the market. Perhaps

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 16:07 Source

Victorian Senator Janet Rice weighs in on the debate over whether native wood waste is a 'renewable' source of energy. 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 15:35 Source

The Federal Party will not support the move, putting it at odds with state and territory Labor governments.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:48 Source

CEFC to invest up to $125m in High Income Sustainable Office Trust, which will buy commercial office properties and give them an energy efficiency makeover.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:48 Source

The UN Climate Conference in December is important but will not be the final word on how we are dealing with climate change.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:47 Source

How does a single streetscape project turn into a community-wide energy independence effort? Tiny Bloomfield, Iowa, discovered the answer.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:47 Source

A ballot petition to increase access to solar power in Florida has gotten a lot of heat from groups across the state.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:46 Source

New Zealand's biggest power generator imagines a scenario where every home had solar PV, and every car was electric. And it sees no problems.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:46 Source

The owner of Hazelwood, Australia's dirtiest coal fired power generator, issues a "call to arms" against coal, and also predicts a radical energy transition that will see half of all energy sourced from local wind and solar and battery storage.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:45 Source

Indonesian govt says state budget for new renewable energy development could rise from $A212m in 2015, to $A1bn next year – a fivefold increase.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:44 Source

Spanish govt proposes self-consumption fee for solar households that add battery storage that would double the system's pay-back time. Law would also include an infringement penalty double that for leaking nuclear waste.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:44 Source

Wind farm companies invite Tony Abbott to visit a real wind farm, while Greg Hunt wrestles with aesthetics of a single turbine in his electorate.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:31 Source

by Chris Becker Talk of Grexit seems to be turning into reality as the days and hours go on towards the June 30 deadline. One of the major reforms enacted by Athens was to turn the large deficit into a surplus (admittedly, a surplus sans interest payments), but interestingly one area not touched in the

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:55 Source

Coalition describes Lambie speech damming climate science and praising nuclear as 'wonderful'. Leyonjhelm, Madigan and Muir also have their say on proposed renewable cuts.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:43 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax’s Ross Gittins has nicely summed-up how the older generations are screwing over the young, and why our politicians are only too willing to oblige them: …most young people have only a vague inkling of the extent to which successive governments have been screwing them. The pollies’ problem is that they’d

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:40 Source

By Jennifer Wilson

The release of the Lowy Institute’s latest poll on the rising fears of Australians and our insecurities regarding the potential effects on us of terrorism, gave Prime Minister Tony Abbott what he likely considers a God-sent opportunity to reassure citizens that his government will do anything to “take care of our people and keep you safe.”

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:40 Source

By Jennifer Wilson

The release of the Lowy Institute’s latest poll on the rising fears of Australians and our insecurities regarding the potential effects on us of terrorism, gave Prime Minister Tony Abbott what he likely considers a God-sent opportunity to reassure citizens that his government will do anything to “take care of our people and keep you safe.”

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:26 Source

Tony Abbott seems unwilling to accept environmental rationale for action on global warming, but he will have to accept economic and geo-political rationales.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:45 Source

Sunny India is set to add more solar power than wind capacity for the first time this financial year.

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The Tally Room Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:44 Source

Amongst many other redistributions, the Northern Territory is redrawing the boundaries of the 25 electorates for the territory’s Legislative Assembly.

The redistribution map was released yesterday. I’m working on my map of the new electorates, and should have it finished by Monday.

In short, the town of Alice Springs has lost one of its three seats to the Darwin area, with a new seat created in the Palmerston area on the fringe of Darwin.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:42 Source

Int: The Prime Minister’s Office. Night — June 23, 2010. The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, his deputy, Julia Gillard face off. John Faulkner…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:34 Source

When the University of Edinburgh tried refused to divest from dirty energy, we knew it was time to take radical action.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:01 Source

By Dr Anthony Horton

As the climate change clock ticks louder than ever, more and more businesses are becoming part of the climate change solution. Two thousand business leaders met in Paris earlier this month at the Business and Climate Summit and agreed that the global economy could continue its focus on growth while addressing climate change risks.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 11:42 Source

The Federal government says it is concerned about compliance issue, but a leader of the group responsible for the program says they're being punished for its history of political advocacy.

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