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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:33 Source

The kind of numbers reported by China's largest coal producer is signal that most populous country continues to step back from coal.

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New Matilda Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:31 Source

Letters have been written. Lips have been pursed. And nothing really has changed. Thom Mitchell explains.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

Our planetary neighbor just got a little more mysterious. In September, NASA's MAVEN spacecraft arrived at Mars to study the planet's upper atmosphere, and since its arrival, the orbiter has picked up two unusual readings: 1) There's a giant dust cloud wafting high above the Martian surface, and 2) Mars has its own aurora.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

What happens if you put 18 engines on an airplane? Well, if you or I did it, the answer is likely “a disaster." But when NASA does it, we get the Leading Edge Asynchronous Propellers Technology, or LEAPTech, a brand new wing design that could go on to spark a new type of X-plane.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

The children's book series Flat Stanley chronicles the adventures of a world-traveling 2D boy. Now a team of researchers might have found the gene that Stanley was missing (you know, if he had been real). It's the YAP gene, and it helps regulate organ size, as well as control tissue tension, direction, and alignment in humans and other vertebrates.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

The largest stockpile of M6 artillery propellent in the country is sitting abandoned at an old military facility in Louisiana. The New York Times reports that the discarded propellent is slowly deteriorating, posing a potentially explosive problem to the facility's neighbors.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

Long after the rifles of war are silent, danger still lurks in old battlefields. Some unexploded bombs are left behind deliberately, in minefields that once had tactical importance but were later rendered strategically irrelevant by shifting front lines. Others result from manufacturing error, with bombs that didn't do their job still carrying explosive bellies from decades ago. All of it is deadly and difficult to deal with, but drone-maker Arch Aerial hopes to use their drones for the work of finding and clearing bombs.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

In December 2013, Amazon announced with great fanfare a radical concept for delivery: drones, on autopilot, carrying small packages right to customer's doorsteps. While the idea was not without its critics, it looked like a tangible future for commercial drones.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

Last year at South by Southwest, one of our editors was lucky enough to taste a kebab designed by IBM's Chef Watson. This year, my stomach grumbled--the only food in sight was an assortment of images projected onto a screen--while a panel explained how Watson became so good at creating offbeat recipes and inspiring professional and home chefs.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

Well-informed Popular Science readers know that Ceres is probably a planet-destroying Death Star. We hoped to get a closer look at the dwarf planet's possible superlaser after NASA's Dawn mission arrived in orbit on March 6. But so far we haven't seen any close-ups of Ceres, and there's a good reason why: the Dawn spacecraft has joined the dark side. Not the Dark Side--just the dark side of this little dwarf planet.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

Never mind the fact that Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine are struggling to win a civil war--the Kremlin wants to wow the Future with a gigantic supersonic cargo plane. Named the PAK TA, the concept from Russia's Military-Industrial Commission will be a supersonic transport than can deliver Russian troops and tanks at high speed across the globe. And, according to Russia's state-owned network, RT, they want them ready for military service by 2024.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

The waste in your body might not be as much of a waste as you think. At a meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers have announced that they are working on a way to extract tons of valuable metals from sewage.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

Drones are an inevitable part of our future. Whether they're used for good or evil is up for debate. With that idea in mind, Setup, a media lab in the Netherlands, created the Cuddly Drones program to teach kids about drone engineering and surveillance concerns.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

The stylish glowing jumpsuits of the Tron-like future have just come a step closer, with the creation of a weavable fabric that lights up. Huisheng Peng and colleagues from Fundan University in Shanghai and UCLA created 1-millimeter thin fibers made from polymer light-emitting electrochemical cells (PLECs), which work much like the organic LEDs found in curved TV displays. Both are flexible semiconductors that emit light, but PLECs are highly elastic, and thus potentially suitable for evening wear.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

Sometimes when all you have is an industrial laser cutter, everything looks like an opportunity to create a real-life version of Space Invaders.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

A long time ago, a huge meteorite entered the earth's atmosphere in a screaming fireball. In its last violent moments, it split into two massive pieces, each at least 6 miles across, and slammed into the earth, creating twin impact craters spanning nearly 250 miles of the Australian countryside.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

So, Boeing just patented a force field.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

Her online alias is Planetary Keri, but in real life she goes by the name of Keri Bean. An engineer for NASA's Dawn mission, Bean has won the hearts of her Twitter followers who rely on her regular science-themed tweets to keep them informed. Before becoming a part of the Dawn team, Keri worked on several well-known missions including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Opportunity rover, and the MSL or Curiosity rover.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

As Vilas Pol, a chemical engineer at Purdue University, unpacked new materials for his lab, the huge number of packing peanuts overwhelmed him. His team was dumping them out by the thousands, he says. Though many packing peanuts are made from biodegradable materials like cornstarch, they also contain chemicals that are harmful to human health and slow down the degrading process, making them take up an enormous amount of space in landfills. So Pol and his team devised a way to reuse packing peanuts by turning them into rechargeable batteries.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

The XM42, a personal flamethrower now soliciting funding on IndieGoGo, is a very specific answer to a very foolish question: Could more of the world be on fire--and should it be? This device answers that question with a jet of burning fuel.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

There might be some very tangible, selfish reasons for foodies to care about climate change. It turns out that warming temperatures could not only impact our food supply, but they might also change how our food tastes.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

The Hawaiian volcano of Kilauea has been erupting consistently for the past 32 years, recently forcing people to evacuate their homes even as it draws in tourists and scientists.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:13 Source

What happens if you put 18 engines on an airplane? Well, if you or I did it, the answer is likely “a disaster." But when NASA does it, we get the Leading Edge Asynchronous Propellers Technology, or LEAPTech, a brand new wing design that could go on to spark a new type of X-plane.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:12 Source

The surface of a star is a volatile place. Constantly in motion, a star's exterior flows with plasma and often accumulates new materials, which are drawn in by the star's immense gravitational pull.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:10 Source

From Dad’s Army: Woodside Petroleum will slash about 300 jobs and freeze pay company-wide as it intensifies its cost-cutting efforts in the face of falling oil prices.   Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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New Matilda Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:02 Source

Max Chalmers looks at leaked transcripts from the Moss Review to see what didn’t make the final report.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:57 Source

Here’s another one for the sell-side scrap heap from the SMH blog: Another analyst is turning bearish on Fortescue: Morgan Stanley has cut the iron ore miner’s shares to “underweight” with a price target to $1.65. “Previously we applied a positive stance predicated on an expectation of rising prices and a debt re-finance,” analyst Brendan […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:50 Source

Hoocoodanode? From Citi via The Australian: GDP should average 2.4% in 2015 and 3.0% in 2015 vs previous forecasts of 3% and 3.25%, Citi economists Paul Brennan and Josh Williamson say. They expect the RBA to cut rates twice more in this cycle, to 1.75% vs 2.25% currently. The downgrades follow a slight lowering of global […]

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New Matilda Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:28 Source

Around 160,000 Vanuatuans - more than half the population - will be reliant on aid for three months. Amy McQuire reports from Port Vila.

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New Matilda Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:28 Source

Around 160,000 Vanuatuans - more than half the population - will be reliant on aid for three months. Amy McQuire reports from Port Vila.

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