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Renew Economy Friday, February 12, 2016 - 14:04 Source

Price surges are being blamed on wind energy. Cherry-picked numbers that serve to confirm a belief that already exists is something you're going to see a lot of this year.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 12, 2016 - 13:54 Source

Energy regulators say they "cannot identify" benefits of rooftop solar and battery storage. So here's a long list, and a blast from leading expert for promoting a "sense of entitlement", serving the interests of incumbents and discriminating against consumers.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 12, 2016 - 13:43 Source

Tasmanian Economic Regulator’s draft report on solar feed-in tariff ignores the challenge of energy security in Tasmania, the changes facing electricity industry nationally, and climate change.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 12, 2016 - 13:26 Source

After an "excruciating" few months, an upbeat Musk calls Model X the "best car ever" and hints Tesla could soon deliver its first profit.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 12, 2016 - 13:04 Source

What is this government trying to do and why? They want lower taxes and smaller government but why? They want a surplus but why? They want to boost economic growth to create more jobs and provide more revenue but how? One reason they are finding it hard to even appear like they have a plan…

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:50 Source

That's what Starfleet calls them, so that's what they are.

Nice story in The New Yorker about how we captured them and made them our slaves*.

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Delimiter Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Australia-based law firm Macpherson Kelley has deployed Commvault's data platform and Pure Storage FlashArray in order to improve information management and boost efficiency.

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The Tally Room Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:35 Source

According to a report in this morning’s Guardian, the Coalition, the Greens and Nick Xenophon appear close to an agreement on Senate voting reform. There’s also an accompanying media release from Lee Rhiannon.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:29 Source

Around 60,000 years ago, modern humans left Africa to begin exploring other continents. Along the way they met other early humans, such as Neanderthals, and the different species periodically bred together. Scientists have known this for a few years—there's evidence in our DNA, of which 1.5 to 4 percent in modern Europeans and Asians is Neanderthal. But scientists never knew if those bits of genetic code had a lasting effect on our health.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:29 Source

HBO's Silicon Valley is the best comedy about the tech industry in recent years (sorry Big Bang Theory — but not really). Actually, I would go as far as to say that Silicon Valley, created by former tech drone Mike Judge (of Office Space, Idiocracy and Beavis and Butthead fame), is actually one of the best comedies overall on TV these days. And now it's returning for a glorious third season on April 24.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:28 Source

Today, February 11, 2016, LIGO scientists announced they had detected gravitational waves in September 2015—the first direct evidence of the cosmic inflation that created our universe. "The Tantalizing Quest For Gravity Waves," written by Arthur Fisher and originally published in the April 1981 issue of Popular Science, explores the international effort to detect these ripples in space-time.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:28 Source

That hop across the pond is about to get longer. A new paper published in Environmental Research Letters finds that climate change could make flying even worse.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:28 Source

Situated behind a mall and next to an open pit of a construction site, the northern Virginia headquarters of DARPA, the military's most forward-looking appendage, aren't so much nondescript as they are deliberately non-assuming--a shrine to technological triumph glistening like the infinite offices of suburbia. Inside, I joined a dozen or so other reporters for a meeting with DARPA director Arati Prabhakar and Steve Walker, DARPA's deputy director. We were invited here to discuss a very elaborate game of guesswork: what threats will emerge in the future, and what investments now can protect against them?

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:28 Source

DARPA is the Pentagon's future-looking technology projects wing, and it's also the world's foremost source of bad pun acronyms for military machines. Even if the President is turning down Death Stars, there's still plenty more of the future to mine for upcoming wars. At a media roundtable in northern Virginia yesterday, DARPA director Dr. Arati Prabhakar and deputy director Dr.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:28 Source

Scientists have finally detected a phenomenon predicted by Einstein 100 years ago, and the news is exploding across Twitter and Facebook.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:28 Source

Einstein was right. A hundred years ago, he predicted that really big objects in space can create ripples in the fabric of space-time. Today, scientists announced that these gravitational waves have been detected directly for the first time.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:28 Source

The best thing about a day in my life on the lookout for gravitational waves is that I never know when it will begin.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:28 Source

On Thursday, the scientists at LIGO announced they'd officially found gravitational waves. This truly is a remarkable discovery, and confirms the final piece of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Read more about the announcement, and what it means for science, here. And check out our gravitational waves explainer for more background on this scientific phenomenon.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:28 Source

The band Ok Go is renowned for its amazing music videos, and today's glorious video for its song, "Upside Down and Inside Out" is no exception. The band takes to the sky, experiencing weightlessness in the belly of a jet. And of course, no Ok Go video would be the same without the amazing props, from paint-filled balloons to piñatas, and even ball-filled suitcases.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

"Chirp!" That's the sound of the long-sought gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime, according to an announcement today from scientists working on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

Despite efforts to make it something people actually want to use, the condom hasn't changed much in the past few decades.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

More EU countries than ever are meeting their 2020 targets for renewable energy generation ahead of schedule.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

For months, the science world has been buzzing about the rumor that gravitational waves, the ripples in spacetime that Einstein predicted a hundred years ago, have finally been detected. Today, at press conferences all over the world, researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) confirmed that the hype is true.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

Learning to code is increasingly becoming an important part of education in the 21st century. Knowing the basics of code is nearly as important in the world of the web as knowing one's ABC's. But in the world we live in, new apps and games release constantly—there's almost no time for teachers to keep students current while simultaneously teaching old, but necessary, lessons. That's what Games For Change hopes to address.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

Our bodies weren't built for outer space. Astronauts who spend a lot of time on the space station often experience a variety of health issues, including circulatory problems and bone and muscle loss. And the problems could get worse when humans venture beyond low Earth orbit. Space radiation is a particular concern.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

What do cotton candy and artificial tissues have in common? They are both made of layers of thin, fibrous material. And now they can both be made with a $40 cotton candy machine, according to Vanderbilt News and reported today by Fast Company.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

We were so busy looking at the sky, we forgot to notice the changes happening on the ground. As automation improves, and as sensors get better and people get more comfortable trusting the autonomy of machines, the biggest change to delivery may not be flying unmanned robots, it will be smart package-carrying vans.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

German green power provider Lichtblick has announced plans to incentivize the charging of electric vehicles at times of low power demand.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

A new study from the user interfaces group at Finland's Aalto University shows that, when it comes to typing, it's not the number of fingers used that determines speed, but how they're used. Doctoral candidate Anna Feit, together with Dr. Daryl Weir, put motion-capture dots on peoples' finger joints and had them type at a computer while high-speed cameras watched and recorded their movements.

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Popular Science Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:27 Source

British astronaut Tim Peake, currently aboard the International Space Station, has been posting some stunning short videos on Instagram and Twitter showing his view of the Earth some 250 miles below.

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