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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 13:32 Source

The cost of electric vehicle battery packs is falling so rapidly they are probably already cheaper than expected for 2020.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 13:03 Source

The leaked transcripts from the Moss Review provide interesting insights into qualities that might be helpful if you plan to work in immigration detention. 

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The Tally Room Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 13:00 Source

Charlestownby1-ALPCharlestown is a marginal Labor seat in the Hunter region, covering Charlestown, Gateshead, Kahibah, Redhead and Warners Bay.

The Liberal Party held the seat by a 9.2% margin based on the 2011 election result and the redistribution, but the seat was won by Labor’s Jodie Harrison at the October 2014 by-election.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:58 Source

FromWestpac: The Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Indicator, hereafter the Westpac MNI China CSI, increased by 2.7ptsin March, printing 114.7 versus 112.0 in February, +2.4% over the month and –2.0% over the year. The March outcome is 5.7% below the long run average. The absolute level of the CSI indicates that Chinese consumers are still relatively anxious about their own […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:22 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:19 Source

No, not another post about the outstanding RBNZ or the superior New Zealand economy. Not even about it being rugby world champions. No, this thread for anyone that watched last night’s epic win by New Zealand over South Africa in the Cricket World Cup. It was a run chase for the ages going after 297 […]

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:58 Source

Jackie Kelly, a former Liberal minister and Howard protegee, was portrayed as a crazed kamikaze pilot on the front page of The Daily Telegraph after she preferred Labor in a pivotal seat, Penrith, and opposed a threatened airport at Badgery’s Creek. TREACHEROUS EX-LIB MINISTER PREFERENCES LABOR IN CRAZY BID TO BLOCK BADGERY’S AIRPORT: KAMIKAZE KELLY, the headline ran, and a Warren Brown cartoon pictured her as a ‘turncoat’ and an editorial accused her of ‘disloyalty, treachery and vengeance’.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:53 Source

More egg for the faces of Australia’s captured regulators today with the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) – the central banker’s central bank – confirming that clear and structured macroprudential tightening is a bit of a Bobby Dazzler: Previous studies have shown that limits on loan-to-value (LTV) and debt-to-income (DTI) ratios can stabilise the housing market, […]

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:53 Source

The safer commercial aviation comes, the more media write about aviation disasters. Chris Graham explores the facts about air travel, and air disaster.

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:52 Source

Prominent Australian investor Mark Carnegie has called for tax reform to end the policy and financial straight jacket we find ourselves in – pointing to land tax, a resources tax and a lift in the GST to 15 per cent. He labelled the Abbott Government’s upcoming White Paper on tax a waste of time, arguing […]

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:46 Source

For most people, chocolate is considered an indulgence to be enjoyed in moments of weakness. The cacao pod from which chocolate is made, though, is a rich source of healthful polyphenols, and now researchers have found a different way of processing the cocoa that will keep more of those components while maintaining that delicious chocolaty flavor we all know and love. The international team of researchers presented their work today at the conference of the American Chemical Society in Denver.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:46 Source

Back in 1999, Neal Stephenson's novel Cryptonomicon introduced me to the idea of Van Eck phreaking—intercepting the weak electromagnetic radiation from a computer monitor to recreate what the person is seeing on the screen. Now security researchers have come up with an exploit that uses an even simpler form of radiation: heat.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:46 Source

Secretly, a lot of drones are cell phone parts disguised as flying machines. Advances in cellular technology, like miniaturized powerful batteries, cheaper smaller cameras, and sensors like accelerometers have all found their way from our pockets to the skies. Now, a new drone eye wants to shed cell parts like a vestigial tail, and instead make drones fly on sight alone.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:46 Source

The road of the future will probably be incredibly high-tech: able to inform drivers of hazardous conditions, charge buses, and even communicate with the cars driving on top of it. But will the road of the future be made of green asphalt?

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:46 Source

Without planning it, the first thing I did was break a ceasefire. My newly hired infantryman marched across the rubble-strewn battlefield, soon accompanied by medics and heavy weapons. Across the way, marching from another ruined truck with a different flag on top, came my opponent's army, all in single file. Later, after my mortars fell silent and tanks broke down, I was greeted with a defeat screen, noting that while I had bested my opponent, I had really suffered a loss because of all the civilians I killed.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:46 Source

On May 20, 2013, a massive tornado slammed into Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people and leaving 353 injured, and causing nearly $2 billion in damage.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:45 Source

A group of researchers are getting closer to bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back to life. Geneticist George Church's lab at Harvard University successfully copied genes from frozen woolly mammoths and pasted them into the genome of an Asian elephant.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:45 Source

Despite the formula industry's best efforts, nothing is quite as good for babies as breast milk.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:27 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:25 Source

You wouldn’t read about it! From the ABC: An investigation has been launched into Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s comments after the mining magnate suggested a cap on iron ore production, the chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said. Rod Sims warned Mr Forrest may have breached the law with his comments on ABC’s […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:20 Source

Now they are getting it, from the AFR: Top-performing bond manager BT Investment Management is loading up on longer-dated government debt, seeing a one-in-two chance the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut its benchmark below 1 per cent. The Reserve Bank of Australia will at least cut its target rate by 50 basis points to 1.75 […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:15 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:09 Source

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The Tally Room Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Sevenhills1-2PPSeven Hills is a notionally marginal Liberal seat in north-western Sydney, covering Kings Langley, Northmead, Seven Hills, Toongabbie and Winston Hills.

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xkcd.com Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:00 Source

[Halfway to the Sun ...] Heyyyy ... what if this BALLOON is full of acorns?!

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:33 Source

Are walking and cycling as green as we imagine?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:32 Source

By Leith van Onselen Grattan Institute CEO, John Daley, gave an excellent interview on ABC’s 7.30 Report, whereby he outlined the stiff headwinds facing the Budget (including collapsing commodity prices), along with the solutions needed to return the Budget to long-term sustainability. On the impact of the collapsing commodity prices, Daley noted: JOHN DALEY: Every […]

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:19 Source

Andrew Wilson writes: What happens when you bring a state health minister face-to-face with her two main challengers, fronting a roomful of health experts, without any TV cameras or dictaphones to leap on any “gaffes” or stumbles? What you can get...

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:17 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 10:14 Source

A follow up to this morning’s post is required. What a prize statement from David Murray yesterday: “What bothers me most is that we’re not allowed to have a debate about how debt and deficit should work their way through the cycle, given the character of our economy.” That could be a subheading to the […]

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