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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:45 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Does the Australian government have the policy, organisational and conceptual capacity to handle the country’s A$6 trillion housing stock? We ask this question in a newly released research report. The answer is critically important to both household opportunity and prosperity, and to the management of our largest national asset. Australians’ wealth

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Damian Smith Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:42 Source

I’ve been reluctant to comment on Pauline Hanson’s noisome remarks regarding autism and schooling. Like wildfire her vacuous bigotry requires oxygen and I am loath give her the attention she so desperately desires.

However there are times when one must stare into the abyss.

I have what was once known as Asperger’s Syndrome, now coalesced into the all-encompassing autism spectrum.

I’m one of what Hanson calls ‘those people’.

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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:41 Source

A 25-year-old jerk was making rude comments towards a man’s wife and daughter, and he finally had enough. The young ruffian was harrassing and yelling at two women, a mother and a daughter, but didn’t realize the father was nearby. The father, almost 20 years older than the aggressor, had no problems walking right up to him and confronting him.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:17 Source

Citi went shopping:  Channel checks indicate apartment rebates have moved to >10%. Feedback from our Australian Property Conference and mystery shopping highlight a clear change in the apartment market, particularly so in Perth, Brisbane and to a greater extent in Melbourne. A tier 1 developer is now offering a 5% 12-month rental guarantee plus

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:15 Source

Regulator further lifts benchmark for NSW solar tariffs - well above AGL's proposed tariff - but rejects notion rooftop solar and storage have network benefits.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:56 Source

Dalian continues its recent pattern of firming at night and sagging during the day today: Big Iron is mixed: Big Gas is still stinky: Big Gold is up: Big Bubble is reeling: And Big Liar is as mendacious as usual as REA breaks out: As Australia goes ex-growth so does it’s share market. Avagoodweekend.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

This chart shows (a) the formation of an ice-lolly, (b) ice-lollies with spikes, and (c) representations of ice-lollies observed at different temperatures.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Americans are spending $200 billion a year to treat their back pain, and most aren't even happy with the treatment they're getting. They're often stuck relying on addictive pain meds or spending a fortune on physical therapy.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

We all know what an egg looks like, right? Well, we might know less than we think—bird eggs can be spheres, teardrops, oblong, and anything in between. An interdisciplinary group of scientists may have made progress in cracking the mystery behind how these different shapes emerged.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Ticks are horrifying, plain and simple. Even if they weren't vectors for nasty infections, the fact that they swell up like tiny blood balloons and then burst if you don't remove them properly is enough to make you never want to set foot in the woods again. And guess what: they can also make you allergic to hot dogs and hamburgers, which is pretty darn unpatriotic for a tick named Amblyomma americanum.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

On Wednesday, rapper Albert Johnson—better known by his stage name Prodigy—passed away at the age of 42 from complications of sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder he'd had since birth. Though some medications can help those with sickle cell manage their condition, no cure or real treatment exists to combat the disease. And while better care in the United States has extended the lifespan of those with the disease, they often face a lifelong battle with pain, infections, and extreme fatigue.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

"Are you allergic to any medications?" I've answered that query dozens of times since a childhood incident when penicillin, taken to treat a minor infection, instead gave me an itchy rash all over my body. So I respond automatically, and call out the common antibiotic. But I recently learned that this diagnosis could be wrong. Penicillin sensitivity can disappear over time, a fact researchers have known for years. So why hasn't my doctor told me to go get an official test? It could be because she doesn't actually know the allergy can fade.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

A stone statue from Queluz National Palace in Portugal that has been colonized by lichens and algae.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Every few weeks, a telepresence robot rolls by my desk. It's usually a co-worker in a distant office on her way to a meeting, or checking in on the progress of physical things in the office from the comfort of her home.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life. Everyone knows that classic line from Disney's "The Lion King". Kids and parents might have been slightly less charmed by this variation: The wildebeest must cross the river to eat, and a whole bunch of them die in the process. And then everything in the river gets to feast on their rotting remains. Oh, and their bones continue to leech nutrients into the water even after fish and insects have devoured their flesh. Other organisms also eats the algae that grows on the bones.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Talk radio can be scary for humans, but for mountain lions, it's enough to put them off their dinner.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

It is almost always hot in Phoenix, but today temperatures are expected to peak at 120 degrees fahrenheit, which has prompted some airlines to cancel flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The high temperatures alone aren't necessarily the culprit, but the environmental conditions that come with them can stifle attempts to get airborne. Mix in other variables like the type of plane, the length of the runway, and the conditions on the ground, and we're left with a complex situation that will only get worse as global temperatures rise.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Vitamins seem something you can't have too much of. Like too much ice cream on a sticky summer day—sure, you can technically go overboard, but the limit is so high, and what's the worst thing that happens anyway? And unlike ice cream, we know that vitamins help keep us healthy.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

It might seem like NASA is announcing a brand-spanking-new "Earth-like" exoplanetconstantly—some far-away world that might possibly maybe have the basic requirements for life as we know it. And it seems that way because, well, that's pretty accurate: it's all thanks to NASA's wildly successful Kepler Space Telescope, which uses the blinking and dimming of distant alien stars to spot planets that might orbit around them.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

This vial is filled with human blood and a cocktail of drugs, including a full dose of methamphetamine. The man who was carrying it intended to inject himself with it.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:08 Source

The South Australian Government is continuing to support the transition to a low- carbon economy through a $9 million commitment to begin hydrogen roadmap.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:04 Source

Weeoo, weeoo, weeoo. The Pascometer is wailing on the population ponzi, strongly indicating that the days of mass immigration are indeed numbered: A little after Friday lunch, the population clock on the Australian Bureau of Statistics web site will tick over to 24.5 million. …The simplistic negative economic view of our migration program concentrates on

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:01 Source

Energy Renaissance, backed by engineering group UGL, plans a gigawatt-scale battery storage factory in Darwin, that it says will begin production in late 2018.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:01 Source

Households and businesses in NSW will get paid for reducing loads during critical peaks, as governments and institutions decide to circumvent objections by fossil fuel lobby with smarter, cleaner and cheaper alternatives.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:01 Source

Households and businesses in NSW will get paid for reducing loads during critical peaks, as governments and institutions decide to circumvent objections by fossil fuel lobby with smarter, cleaner and cheaper alternatives.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:56 Source

Trump rants against wind energy, warning of lights going out and "birds falling to the ground".

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:56 Source

$53.8 million will be invested for a series of major projects at Stanwell Power Station west of Rockhampton, over the next year.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:32 Source

Trump's planned "solar wall" might take a century to generate enough power to pay for itself, but the fact that Trump said the word "solar" is lighting a fire under solar stocks.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:31 Source

We don't need as much inertia in the power system as many think, and with a few simple changes we won’t need to mandate inertia limits either. Here's why.

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Political Owl Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:04 Source

I'm not a Foxtel man. The pension does not stretch far enough for that and I'm clearly not Robinson Crusoe. The ratings agencies tell me that. Shows like that of Andrew Bolt have a low thousands of viewers not the hundreds of thousands of something like the ABC's 7.30. Yet, I am slowly realising, that is irrelevant when it comes to measuring influence.Every morning when I do my Facebook and Twitter checks on the news of the day one of the most frequent words I come across are those of Andrew. The extracts of the highlights of his nightly The Bolt Report normally are repeated several times.

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