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Club Troppo Friday, June 24, 2016 - 15:44 Source

I fantasise about the day when the people who fancy themselves the champions of liberal capitalist democracy – you know the Business Class set – will realise that they are munching through the landscape and, as Schumpeter argued – following Marx – that they were undermining the very foundations of their good fortune.

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Jack the Insider Friday, June 24, 2016 - 15:44 Source

Back in 1975 the UK formally endorsed the move in to the European Union by referendum with an overwhelming majority. More than two-thirds of the…

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John Quiggin Friday, June 24, 2016 - 14:50 Source

A big win for tribalism. Have your say, bearing in mind the comments policy.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 24, 2016 - 14:12 Source

Solar Impulse crosses the Atlantic in 71-hour non-stop flight from New York to Seville, powered only by the sun.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 24, 2016 - 13:44 Source

As Barnaby Joyce answers awkward questions about his support of wind farms, renewables look like becoming the number one growth industry of his electorate.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 24, 2016 - 13:33 Source

The Australian is once again cherry-picking data in campaign against wind and solar. Here are some of its claims, followed by… facts supported with sources!

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Drones are a tool of precision. Flying overhead, their cameras scan for targets. The agri-drone is a small-scale adaptation of the same premise. Developed by researchers at Japan's Saga University, the agri-drone scans crops for clusters of bugs, and then delivers a precision dose of pesticide to the plant-eating critters below.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Forecasting a volcanic eruption is difficult and nearly impossible with particularly restless volcanoes that constantly shudder and emit gas and steam. But a team of volcanologists led by Diana Roman of the Carnegie Institution for Science has found a way. Like the proverbial "calm before the storm," the researchers say that restless volcanoes go quiet just before they erupt.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

In a paper published this week in Nature, researchers used observations of x-rays to peek inside the action of a star getting torn apart by a black hole.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

It was a much a technological demonstration as it was a trial run for the future. Yesterday, a small hexacopter collected medical samples from people on the land, flew to its home ship, and then returned to shore, carrying medicine. Operated by drone delivery service Flirtey, the promise is better medicine after coastal tragedies.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Carl Sagan dreamt of navigating the cosmos on sails pushed by the solar wind—the steady stream of charged particles emanating from the Sun. These solar sails may one day carry humans to other planets and maybe even other star systems. The Planetary Society, led by CEO Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, aims to make this dream a reality.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Jimmy Kimmel has been doing a pretty convincing impression of Karl Malone for decades, but it took scientists with real-time face mapping software and a digital overlay to really nail the execution.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Google is one of the companies at the forefront of robotics and artificial intelligence research, and being in that position means they have the most to worry about. The idea of a robot takeover may still be an abstract, science fictional concept to us, but Google has actually compiled a list of behaviors that would cause them great concern, both for efficiency and safety in the future.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Scorpions dig similar digs (which they dig, because they live in burrows, ya dig?). That's according to a recent study that looked at the dwellings of three species of the predatory arachnid from three distinct locations. Scorpion burrows can vary widely in depth and complexity, but the study, published in The Science of Nature, found that across species and habitats, their homes tend to share some key features.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Comets stink. Literally.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Robots are not like us. They may inhabit the same spaces, and they may mimic life in their movements, but the kinds of bodies that lend themselves to metal and springs are not the same as those built from flesh and bone. No one knows this better than Boston Dynamics, the formerly Google-owned robotmakers whose shambling, bouncing machines all look like an evolutionary tree from a metal world that forgot about skin. Their latest, SpotMini, combines all that artificial weirdness into a compact, adorable form.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Would an infant human from the brink of civilization be able to function in modern times? That's the question a new video tries to answer.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Coral reefs are enduring the longest and most pervasive bleaching event on record. Warmer waters are cooking coral, sapping reefs of their color and life.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a pretty big fanbase, and not just at Popular Science. The astrophysicist's charismatic presentations (and legendary meme status) mean he can really get a crowd going over things a lot of people slept through in high school and college.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

After a flight time of 71 hours and 8 minutes, Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Bertrand Piccard, became the first solar powered airplane to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean. The plane took off from New York and landed in Seville, Spain.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

In June 2016, the PLAN released a clear photo of its newest, stealthiest nuclear attack submarine (SSN) being loaded with missiles. China's nuclear submarines are among the most secretive Chinese military platforms- it's a rare event to have even a photo of a forty year old Type 091 Han submarine, or the Type 092 Xia nuclear ballistic missile submarine. So an official photo of a modern Type 093B submarine is definitely big news in the world of PLA watching.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Last weekend, a drone flown by Pakistan's air force crashed just shy of four miles from an airbase in the Punjab. The drone appears to have been a Chinese-made Wing Loong. The drone, also known as the Pterodactyl, serves with the Chinese military, as well as that of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

There are many threats to bear cubs as they enter the world. But one of the biggest killers is other bears.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

House Democrats have taken to the House floor today, literally staging a sit-in in protest of gun control measure failures by the body as a whole, and because House Speaker Paul Ryan had the camera feeds halted, congressmen have taken to livestreaming the continued discussion even during the day's recess.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Acura NSX fans will have three competitors to cheer on at the 100th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend. Brothers James and Nick Robinson, from the company's engineering team, will pilot a pair of the supercars in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes. But the more interesting race car might be the NSX-inspired all-electric prototype car driven by Tetsuya Yamano in the Electric Modified Class.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

There are secrets space can't keep. When the National Reconnaissance Office launched an object into space earlier this month, we knew only rough details: the size of the rocket used (large), the nature of the agency launching it (reconnaissance), and the levels of secrecy around the payload (many). Now, thanks to the work of amateur astronomers, we have information that's impossible to conceal: where, exactly, the object is in orbit--plus, what it might be.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

"You just can't castrate enough flies!" That was the response Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland got from their fellow scientists when they shared their novel scheme to end the screwworm infestations plaguing U.S. livestock in the 1950s. That's according to the website of the Golden Goose Awards, a prize given to scientists for work that was considered offbeat or even ridiculed in its day, but ultimately contributed greatly to society.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

As meteorologists look to the latest heat wave scorching the Southwest, Houston's history-making floods have all but dropped from the news cycle. And yet, parts of the city are still reeling from the deluge.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

It isn't often that a Steinway grand piano ends up floating in Arctic waters. But that's what happened earlier this month, when a composer performed a heartbreaking "Elegy For The Arctic", an original composition designed to raise awareness about climate change in the fragile, frigid region.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Ever wished that your food came with a portable charging station for your smartphone?

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