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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:09 Source

Electric vehicles could help answer the question of how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:07 Source

Since August of 2012, NASA's Curiosity Rover has tooled around the red planet doing science for us Earthlings. Now, nearly five years and some 10 miles later, the robot is starting to experience the wear and tear of an aging machine: On Tuesday, NASA announced the first two breaks in the rover's wheel treads.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:07 Source

In 2016, hacked security cameras and PVRs took down the web in the US. One major international bank lost $81 million to cyber criminals. In this climate, skilled hero hackers get paid handsomely to help companies find their weaknesses and stop malicious hackers in their tracks.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:07 Source

In August of 2005, as the dog days of summer lollygagged towards fall, waters agitated by the winds and currents of Hurricane Katrina rose up and over the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A flurry of criticisms followed—complaints of mediocre warnings, a lackluster disaster response on the part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), poorly made levees, and grief at the sheer loss of human life. Amidst the enormity of the disaster, it was easy to overlook the efforts of a small department, the National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC), in helping to put the region back together again.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:07 Source

Global warming, already linked to countless human health problems, may be increasing the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:07 Source

On July 10th, 2015, a chunk of cliff with the same volume as nine Olympic-sized swimming pools tumbled from its perch on Comet 67P. A month later, the comet would reach its perihelion, the closest its elliptical orbit passes to the sun. As the sun's rays reached the Aswan cliff section of Comet 67P's northern hemisphere, the rapid change in temperature warmed the cliff from -220 degrees Fahrenheit to 122 degrees Fahrenheit in the space of about 20 minutes.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:07 Source

Chuck Berry may be gone, but his music is still hurtling into deep space. The legendary rock-and-roller died at 90 on Saturday in St. Charles, M.O., and although us Earthlings can blast the scintillating sounds of his amplified

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:07 Source

Today, the Sahara Desert is defined by undulating sand dunes, unforgiving sun, and oppressive heat. But just 10,000 years ago, it was lush and verdant. So, what spurred the shift from woodland to wasteland?

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:07 Source

Congratulations! So, you've decided to become a better sweeper. Your timing couldn't be better—spring officially began this morning, which makes it a great time to get rid of those winter dust bunnies. And reading this article is your first step towards having cleaner floors. To find the scientifically best way to wield a broom, we spoke with two cleaning experts.

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 13:07 Source

So you've been stung by a jellyfish. The good news: there's no need to get your friend to pee on you. The bad news: all the other solutions you've heard of will probably only make it worse.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:59 Source

The Australian says 2009 report warned SA should not go beyond 20% renewables. Actually, it said "there are no significant technological constraints" to achieving 40%.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:41 Source

Despite the Coalition talking down renewables, the Kodak moment has finally arrived.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:39 Source

The amount of coal-fired power plants under development dropped dramatically in 2016.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:39 Source

The amount of coal-fired power plants under development dropped dramatically in 2016.

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Harrangue Man Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:14 Source

Heavy rainBeing balding means I lack protection for the top of my head that hair typically affords. And if something touches the top of my dome I feel it because non-feeling hair is not there to cushion the blow.One benefit though is shower fall; the steady thrum of water on top of your balding head is pleasant, reassuring.Heavy rain, however, is neither. Great fat drops of cold sky water slashing against your naked crest is most unpleasant.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:09 Source

Initial analysis of preferences suggests the Liberal Party received little benefit from its preference arrangement with One Nation.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 11:03 Source

Feed-in tariffs are simplest and best known mechanism to support rooftop solar, but are there other ways to value distributed generation?

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 11:03 Source

Feed-in tariffs are simplest and best known mechanism to support rooftop solar, but are there other ways to value distributed generation?

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xkcd.com Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 11:00 Source

♫ When the spacing is tight / And the difference is slight / That's a moiré ♫

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:19 Source

In case you did not suspect that Malcolm Turnbull’s explosion of piss and wind on Section 18C yesterday was entirely self-serving, this morning on Radio National Breakfast news, Liberal Senator James Paterson confirmed that the exercise was part of a suite of measures designed to win back votes from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation. Oh look!…

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Your Democracy Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:01 Source
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The Political Sword Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 09:45 Source

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our close colleague and dear friend, Ken Wolff. His last published article at The Political Sword was What to watch for in 2017: his sudden death was not what we anticipated.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 08:47 Source

We need to respond to Australia’s electricity crisis with a comprehensive National Electricity Plan argues guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook A proposal for a National Electricity Plan

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 05:59 Source

Wednesday 22  March 2017 “Coalition support rises by three points in Newspoll but Labor holds lead” read the headline in Monday’s The Australian. 1 Yes, the Coalition was on 48% of the two-party-preferred vote with Labor’s on 52%. This cannot be right I thought to myself. Did around 3 million people change their minds in…

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 00:16 Source

“Santos now argues that its aim in CLNG was always as much about raising the domestic gas price, and therefore re-rating large parts of the portfolio outside of GLNG, as it was about the project…….What is more, with a ~0.8% drag on Australian GDP from every $2/GJ rise in the domestic gas price, this view certainly wouldn’t have been terribly popular with politicians who approved the project.” [Credit Suisse, Asia Pacific/Australia Equity Research: Santos, 11 March 2014]The reality for Australian householders is that on on average 

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Image from Crikey.com.auIndue Limited has been awarded at least $324 million in Dept.

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Club Troppo Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 21:33 Source

This evening I received a highly significant email. It’s from National Archives with which I’m doing some minor business. I have no idea what it means, but I figure it could be of considerable use to someone. If that person is you, I commend it to you. It’s certainly a relief to be protected from potential evildoers with such relentless focus and determination. Please do not comment on this thread or your computer may blow up – well it probably won’t but you will not be able to benefit from Troppo’s standard insurance for exploding laptops – for reasons that I hope are obvious:

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 21:19 Source

The Essential Research fortnight rolling average result departs firmly from the Newspoll script in recording a two-point jump to Labor, who now lead the two-party preferred by 55-45. On the primary vote, the Coalition drops one to 34%, Labor is up one to 37%, One Nation is down one to 10% and the Greens are steady on 9%. Also from this survey:

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Politically homeless Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 20:14 Source

The press gallery seems agreed that there were no implications for the Federal Government in the recent WA election, at which Labor won an overwhelming majority. I disagree. In Warner Bros’ much-loved Road Runner cartoons, there is a trope where Wile E. Coyote runs off a cliff and, for a little while, continues moving forward. He stops. He looks down, and suddenly realises that he’s no longer supported. Only then does he begin plunging toward the floor of the canyon.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 17:48 Source

Early this week, we had Peter Dutton making his run for the leader’s job with his very effective slap-down of those business leaders who dared to express an opinion on marriage equality. Go for it, Peter, I say. I mean, what right to business leaders have to giving the government advice on something like same…

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