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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 12:21 Source

The rise in interest in autonomous vehicles is just one indication the era of high numbers of personally owned vehicles in US is coming to an end.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 12:20 Source

The governing body for our energy market, the Australian Energy Market Commission, has just missed a major opportunity to modernise our electricity networks.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 11:52 Source

By Ken Wolff In 1930 John Maynard Keynes predicted widespread technological unemployment ‘due to our discovery of means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour’. In the decades since there has been rapidly increasing technological change but employment has generally been increasing, matching population…

The post Are governments ready for the coming economic and social changes? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:38 Source

all snakes but no ladders ...

It is a crisis when almost a third of young Australians are either out of work, or without enough work, writes Leon Moulden.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:23 Source

I find myself unexpectedly sad at the passing of Max Walker. I enjoyed both his books and his bizarrely unnatural bowling action. He seemed a decent fellow, an ordinary man who managed to stand out, even in the shadows of the Lillee-Thompson collosus.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:21 Source

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China's foremost military electronics company, has announced that its scientists have tested a quantum radar to the range of 100km, beating out known American and German competition by 500%. This is a significant claim to make, as a quantum radar would theoretically be able to detect stealth aircraft at long ranges.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 09:42 Source

The risk of riders dying on Australian roads is declining but there’s still a lot to be done to make cycling safer; better infrastructure is at the top of the list Is cycling on roads getting safer?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 09:06 Source

Ok, consider this argument for a moment: We’ve spent more money on jailing offenders in the past few years. We’ve increased police numbers at a significant cost. We’ve installed CCT cameras in various hotspots. And yet, the crime rate hasn’t gone significantly down. Clearly we’ve wasted our money and can stop this tough on crime…

The post Using The Same Logic, Tony Abbott Was A Great Success! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Political Sword Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 08:50 Source

In 1930 John Maynard Keynes predicted widespread technological unemployment ‘due to our discovery of means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour’.

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En Passant Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 06:57 Source

 

Signed copies of my first book of poetry, Songs for the Band Unformed, are available now. To find out purchase details personal message me on Facebook so the whole world doesn’t see our details.

John

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John Quiggin Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 06:08 Source

That’s the title of the FH Gruen lecture I’ll be presenting at ANU on Tuesday 4 October.

I’ll be talking first about the end of the era of reform that began in the early 1980s, and then about the information economy and a policy agenda for the 21st century.

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Club Troppo Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 00:37 Source

Part One

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Mayor Jim Simmons (standing) and Deputy Mayor Jason Kingsley (seated)Shortly after 4pm on 27 September 2016 in an open (show of hands) ballot by the nine recently elected councillors, Cr. Jim Simmons of Maclean was elected Mayor of Clarence Valley Council and Cr.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 00:15 Source

The Sydney Morning Herald on 30 August 2016 indicated that NSW voters may yet see a number of former state politicians fronting local magistrates in the near future:Former NSW Liberal MPs have been issued letters of demand to repay potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal donations solicited before the 2011 state election.As the corruption watchdog prepares to table its report into Liberal Party rorting of political donations laws on Tuesday, Fairfax Media can reveal the NSW electoral commission has issued t

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 21:50 Source

Denis Bright invites discussion on the future place of Timor-Leste in Australia’s international relations. Conventional strategic assessments in a succession of Australian Defence White Papers underestimate the importance of peaceful sustainable development strategies in neighbouring countries like Timor-Leste.  Does Timor-Leste’s commitment to peace and disarmament offer some viable alternatives to Australia’s current strategic insecurity? Just…

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En Passant Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 21:01 Source


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Ban Muslims? It’s a standard Aussie response

While Malcolm Turnbull was telling the UN how wonderful our offshore gulags are, 49% of Australians wanted to ban Muslim immigration. In Independent Australia I look at Australia’s structural racism.

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Left Focus Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 18:36 Source

 Dr Tristan EwinsThis week’s US Presidential Debate was interesting in a number of ways.  The economic debate in particular was of concern to this observer.  In summary, it was framed with the opposition of Trump’s traditional neo-liberal emphasis on ‘trickle down’ Reaganomics, deregulation, and sweeping corporate tax cuts.  By contras

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Your Democracy Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 16:29 Source

toasts

More sensitive than we thought

The new paper recalculates this sensitivity again — and unfortunately the results aren't in our favour. The study suggests that stabilisation of today's CO2 levels would still result in 3-7C warming, whereas doubling of CO2 will lead to 7-13C warming over millennia.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 16:25 Source

Last Friday, I by accident caught a show on Sky hosted by Christopher Pyne and Richard Marles.  Apparently it is a weekly event where these two discuss the issues of the day.  At the end of the program they answer a question supposedly sent in by a viewer and this week the question was “Is…

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Under The Milky Way Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 14:39 Source

Some Muslims point out that Christian scholars have recorded 400,000 variations within the ancient manuscripts of The Bible. These Muslims say that this constitutes undeniable proof that The Bible has been corrupted and is completely unusable as a Holy Book. The sheer volume of Manuscript Variations in the ancient texts, these Muslims say, prove the total corruption of the whole text

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 14:08 Source

The impending closure of the big Hazelwood brown coal generator in Victoria could provide the impetus for the construction of the first large scale solar tower and storage project in Australia.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 14:00 Source

By Iain Dooley In a recent article on The AIMN, ‘What is Modern Monetary Theory and will it help?‘, Ken Wolff gives an excellent outline of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). It’s a great article and covers all the key points about MMT with absolute clarity, and yet in the comments we still had many people…

The post The State Theory of Money: Your shortcut to understanding Modern Monetary Theory (Part 1) appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 13:06 Source

Qld Court of Appeal sides against climate and with Rinehart, state govt, who argue coal from other mines would substitute environmental damage of Alpha if it didn't go ahead.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 11:40 Source

Elon Musk probably writes "try to save the world" at the top of his to-do list every day, above running companies that are revolutionizing energy, transportation, and space travel. In the next decade, he's hoping to pioneer humanity's next great adventure: Interplanetary travel, and colonization of other worlds.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 11:40 Source

Mercury can't get a break. Not only is it the smallest officially recognized planet in our Solar System, but it's also shrinking. In a study published in Nature Geoscience, new analysis of photos taken by NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft show distinct landforms that indicate the planet is still contracting as it slowly cools down from its molten early years at the start of the Solar System.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 11:40 Source

As children, many of us sat in front of the television on Saturday mornings, wishing the characters from fantasy worlds would inhabit our own. Now, a Turkish startup called Letvision is working to make that dream a reality. They recently unveiled a Transformer-inspired machine that starts out as a mild-mannered BMW coupe, and with the work of hydraulics and servos it reveals its secret identity as a massive humanoid robot.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 11:40 Source

Automating forestry is an uphill battle. Trees grow well on slopes and steep inclines, which are difficult for farming equipment, adapted as it is to sweeping, gentle plains. This is especially hard for the replanting part of responsible forestry, where seedlings need deliberate, tender care so they can begin to replace their fallen predecessors. This is, right now, a human intensive process, but startup DroneSeed wants to turn over the entire process to, you guessed it, drones.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 11:40 Source

Hubble's view of huge plumes of water vapor in 2013, data shown superimposed on a photo of Europa

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 11:40 Source

UPS has over 100,000 cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles in its delivery fleet, and over 500 jets owned or chartered. That's a massive fleet by any metric, and one with a tremendous amount of reach for the delivery giant. Yet it's a fleet with one major limitation: the jets need large runways to land, and the automobiles are all limited by land. This is fine for people on the mainland, but what if UPS wants to deliver something to a small island, one without the space for a runway or ferry? Drones. Drones are the obvious answer.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 11:40 Source

Out of the belly of a bright orange frog, a mysterious species of ant appears.

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