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Popular Science Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:45 Source

We as humans have a lot of characteristics that make us easy to distinguish from one another, such as the details in our fingerprints, eyes, and hair. Research over the past few years has shown that the bacteria living in various parts of the human body are also unique.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:45 Source

War may be one horseman of the apocalypse, but for much of human history its destructive potential had nothing on its stablemate Pestilence. The Spanish Flu pandemic that followed World War I killed almost twice as many people as the war itself.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:45 Source

Since it first came on the market in 1998, Viagra has been found to address more conditions than just erectile dysfunction—it treats hypertension, altitude sickness, and prostate cancer.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:45 Source

When the U.S. Army canceled the Airlander--a hybrid airship that borrows from both soft-bodied blimps and rigid-bodied zeppelin-style dirigibles--it looked like the dream of new airships for the 21st century went down with the funding. Then a curious thing happened: The plane stayed afloat.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:45 Source

There are heads-up displays out there already that project things like speed or turn-by-turn directions on the windshield. Some of them come directly from the manufacturer, some of them are aftermarket add-ons, but none of them incorporate augmented reality like the upcoming Navion system from WayRay will.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:45 Source

The Internet has been in an uproar since

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Popular Science Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:45 Source

Science fiction encourages people to dream big, envisioning what the future could be like and all of the possible paths that we could take. But not everyone gets a chance to really delve into science and the fiction surrounding it. Low-income and minority students are consistently underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:38 Source

From Dad’s Army comes Joe Hockey “I’m not as bearish as many others about China. Why? Because China must grow…Beijing needs to make sure that their country grows to create the jobs that ensures it does not have social dislocation into the future”. China will create enough jobs, yes, just not in construction any more

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:34 Source

The Coalition want to talk about the past or the future but never the present.  Here are a few details from this year’s budget.

Net debt in 2014-15 is estimated to be $250.2 billion and the face value of CGS on issue (gross debt) is expected to reach a within‑year peak of around $370 billion.

When the Abbott Government came to power in September 2013, there was $270 billion in Commonwealth securities on issue and net debt was about $170 billion.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:17 Source

Here are the iron ore charts for May 13, 2015: Qingdao eased and Tianjin benchmark did as well falling 0.5% to $62. Singapore 12 month swaps are still not interested. Dalian finished a little lower yesterday but is down hard overnight at 422. Rebar is shot. You could be forgiven for concluding that the top

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The Melbourne Urbanist Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:16 Source

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month

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The Tally Room Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:15 Source

Two weeks ago I wrote a piece for the Guardian putting the case for reform to the system of Senate group voting tickets, in response to a number of pieces arguing against reform on the basis of who is for the reform, or who supposedly will be favoured.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:15 Source

A wrap-up of reactions in the Higher Education sector to the 2015 budget. Max Chalmers reports.

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:11 Source

Germany's E.ON has announced it will work together with US start-up Sungevity in German energy market. Details on investment sum not provided.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 09:07 Source

by Chris Becker The latest on reform today from the AFR is the total abandoning of any pension/retirement changes: The Abbott government has dumped plans for an inquiry into retirement incomes and toughened its opposition to changing the tax treatment of superannuation by ruling it out beyond the next election as well. Seeking to define the pre-election battlelines

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 08:50 Source

Michael Brull explores Seymour Hersh’s stunning account of the death of the world's most wanted man, and its significance to the west.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 08:32 Source

In The Australian this morning, under the title Apocalypse Postponed, James Jeffrey wrote:

‘Few blogs can be compared to the dramatic roller-coaster of opera, but Bob Ellis’s Table Talk is certainly one of them. On Tuesday, while many were focussed on budget matters, Ellis was waging war with a reader called ‘”Dr Liz”.

Many tough words were meted out, one reader even copping a stern invitation to indulge in an activity more typically requiring (at least) two people. On it went. “Dr Liz has refused to apologise, and this blog is at an end,” Ellis said, a message that appeared in more than one iteration.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 08:27 Source

Budget 2015 is built on three economic ideas, and each one of them shakey, writes Ian McAuley.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 08:27 Source

Budget 2015 is built on three economic ideas, and each one of them shakey, writes Ian McAuley.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 06:38 Source

"My determination is to ensure that this budget is fair"[Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaking with 3AW's Neil Mitchell, May 2015] Only time will tell just how 'fair' this federal budget is.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 06:03 Source

It’s not obvious to the uninitiated. It’s even less obvious to the system huggers. But, make no mistake, Australia is falling apart before our very eyes. To make this case I will use the four points of the sovereign compass that credit rating agencies use to gauge the strength of any economy: fiscal deficits and debt, institutional settings,

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 01:30 Source

I’ve cheered Lazo along with the best of them but the news today that former Palmer United Party senator Glenn Lazarus is to set up the Glenn Lazarus Team Party, A.K.A Brick with Eyes Party, I find more useful as a metaphor for times. Apparently Lazo will be charging into policy under the tag line “doing the hard yards

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 01:25 Source

From the Herald Sun today comes  real clangor from Scott McDine, national secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union: RIO Tinto and BHP Billiton are today two of the largest and most powerful multinational corporations the world has ever known. So maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised when they decide to run an aggressive strategy of

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 00:16 Source

On Mother’s Day 2015 the Abbott Government announced that it would be removing all or part of federal paid parental scheme payments to an estimated 79,000 working women who take maternity leave from 1 July 2016 onwards.Under federal legislation these women had an expectation of receiving up to $11,500 for maternity leave of 18 weeks duration.In the interview with Laurie Oakes the Treasurer Joe Hockey used the word double-dipping to describe the lawful right of working women to access both the federal paid parental leave scheme and that of their employer if there was on

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 00:15 Source

Photo: Andrew MearesPrime Minister Tony Abbott appearing to 'console' treasurer Joe Hockey during a prearranged and very posed photo shoot promoting 2015-16 budget papers preparation.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 00:10 Source

China’s April data dump is bad. Last night I recorded that industrial production managed a tiny bounce at 5.9% versus 6% expected: But fixed asset investment tanked at to 12% versus 13.5% expected: The key driver is real estate investment which is crashing down 17.3% January to April year on year: Finally, retail is in

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 00:05 Source

The latest installment of easing arrived in China last night, from the WSJ: China is launching a broad stimulus to help local governments restructure trillions of dollars in debts while prodding banks to lend more, as fresh data added to signs of a worsening slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. In a joint directive marked

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MacroBusiness Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro, Markets, Investing Big banks flag dangers of financial bubble in oil and commodities – Telegraph Owning a home is falling out of fashion around the world – Telegraph High-yield bonds aren’t ‘junk’ anymore — and that’s troubling – Market Watch Get ready for another oil price dip: Goldman Sachs – CNBC Why commodity

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Politically homeless Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 23:39 Source

Coverage of the budget is always dreadful. The entire Australian media relies far too heavily upon the lines the Treasurer's office wants to push, it congeals around a consensus that is almost always wrong, and throws away what little journalism skill it has for the sake of ... for the sake of filling up airtime/adspace that nobody wants to buy. 1. The consensus on this budgetWe get it, Joe:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 19:50 Source

It made my heart sing last night to hear Emma Alberici tell Mathias Cormann a few home truths in one of the best interviews I have seen in recent times.

Alberici asked, if an $18 billion deficit was a “budget emergency”, what do you call a deficit of $35 billion?

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