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Popular Science Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:33 Source

It has been generally accepted in the heady world of mathematical history that the use of geometry to calculate and track celestial bodies was first done by medieval European scholars in the 14th century. As it turns out, that was about 1,400 years off the mark. Fresh analysis of ancient Babylonian tablets has revealed that those Mesopotamians used geometry to track the path of Jupiter (of all objects) across the sky. Their calculations and instructions are etched into clay in the cuneiform script used by the various city-states of that region.

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Popular Science Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:33 Source

NASA's unmanned, ion-propelled spacecraft Dawn has been orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres since last spring.

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Popular Science Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:33 Source

Commercial rockets already launch satellites into orbit and carry supplies to the International Space Station. Now NASA has put out a new want ad. This is what the agency is looking for:

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Popular Science Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:33 Source

An unblinking mechanical eye surveys the edge of the world, watching the line where human hubris falls to nature's wrath.

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Popular Science Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:33 Source

Antibiotic resistant bacteria pose a serious threat to public health, often infecting vulnerable populations like hospital patients. But researchers in British Columbia may have found a solution that was hiding just below their feet all along: clay.

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Popular Science Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:33 Source

Phase 1 of the much-anticipated Hyperloop competition is finally here. This weekend, teams from around the world will gather at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to showcase their best ideas for a pod for the hypothetical tube-based transportation system.

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Popular Science Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:32 Source

Australia is currently prosecuting a teenager for a terror plot that involved sticking plastic explosives in a kangaroo's pouch. As the massively violent Islamic State, better known as ISIS, reaches through the internet for recruits, the people it finds are not always ideal terror material. The young man, Sevdet Besim, was arrested in Melbourne last year four days before Anzac Day, Australia and New Zealand's shared memorial day.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:18 Source

Amanda Vanstone, smh, p16.

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Delimiter Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:00 Source

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has announced that Rob Fitzpatrick – previously a director at Data61 and a long-term corporate executive and consultant – is to take over as its new CEO.

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xkcd.com Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:00 Source

This one is a little bland. Pass the saltshaker?

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Delimiter Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:55 Source

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced that it will retain personal data collected in the 2016 census – a move that goes against the recommendation of a privacy impact assessment report that it commissioned 10 years ago.

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Delimiter Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:51 Source

The Victorian Government has announced the board members of its new $60 million startup launch pad, LaunchVic, which is aimed to help accelerate startups, drive new ideas and create jobs in the state.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:49 Source

Despite signing on to the Paris pledge to slash global emissions, Australia's emissions are poised to reach record highs after 2020 and may not peak until 2030. Australia is now facing a policy void and it has been criticised in a major new study for having no "high level vision".

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Delimiter Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:47 Source

Apple has announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Australia, as well as some other countries.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:37 Source

Politicians like to give the impression they’re taking action to prepare Australia’s capital cities for growth but it’s mostly rhetoric; they continue to avoid taking serious action to address the role of cars Will politicians ever do anything about cars in our cities?

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:37 Source

Politicians like to give the impression they’re taking action to prepare Australia’s capital cities for growth but it’s mostly rhetoric; they continue to avoid taking serious action to address the role of cars Will politicians ever do anything about cars in our cities?

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:36 Source

Murdoch’s Newspoll shows 1.8 million people who don’t want a GST rise voting for Turnbull, who will give them one.

It seems unlikely that this many people would vote against their wishes, and their needs, but Murdoch has his ways, his little ways, of getting these results.

He rings only landlines, and redistributes independent preferences as they were in 2013, when it was thought Abbott would not harm the ABC or cancel Gonski. This means the 47 he gives Labor is actually 49 or 50. He is giving Turnbull 20 percent of the Green vote. It is likely Turnbull might get 8 percent.

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The Piping Shrike Monday, February 1, 2016 - 09:11 Source

The pitch.

Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say China in a trade deal?

I beat China all the time. All the time.

Republican and US Presidential front-runner Donald Trump

When is Donald Trump going to stop embarrassing his friends, let alone the whole country?

Rupert Murdoch 18 July 2015

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 1, 2016 - 08:27 Source

It’s 2016 and people still get excited over breastfeeding. Men, women and babies. While hungry infants are excited for all the right reasons, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, adult men and women are still getting their metaphorical knickers in a twist over whether or not a woman should use her mammaries for…

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WixxyLeaks Monday, February 1, 2016 - 07:46 Source

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I have somewhat of a reputation for going out on a limb at times, but perhaps no more than this time.

In NSW recently the Coalition legislated and passed what is known as Ag-Gag laws.

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North Coast Voices Monday, February 1, 2016 - 06:51 Source

This is the very arrogant MP for Warringah backgrounding mainstream media……Sky News, 1 February 2016:Tony Abbott has met US President Barack Obama privately in Washington, it's been reported.The former prime minister also held secret talks with the president's spy chief, News Corp reported on Monday, noting that the meetings could irk Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.Mr Abbott and Mr Obama met at an exclusive banquet on Saturday night, with sources saying the two had a very warm and intimate discussion.A day earlier, Mr Abbott reportedl

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 1, 2016 - 06:25 Source

Monday 1 February On my post yesterday I suggested that Labor could not win the upcoming Election by just going through a day by day traditional boring lead up campaign. Some comments implied I should put forward some suggestions. I have done so before. Personality, even if you think it shouldn’t, plays a large part…

The post Day to Day Politics: ‘What should bland Billy do?’ appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Monday, February 1, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Former prime minister Tony Abbott was a guest speaker at an Alliance Defending Freedom dinner on 28 January 2016 and now his political ally former defence minister Kevin Andrews is scheduled to deliver a speech at a Heritage Foundation event being held in the Allison Auditorium, Washington DC.This speech can be watched live online from 3am AEDT (Sydney) on 3 February 2016 at

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North Coast Voices Monday, February 1, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Did anyone really think that American hard-right religious extremism was confined to U.S.

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Poll Bludger Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 23:18 Source

The Australian has brought us the first Newspoll result of the year, and it supports the trend of other polling in suggesting nothing much has changed over the new year break. The Coalition’s two-party lead remains at 53-47, from primary votes of Coalition 46% (up one), Labor 34% (up one) and Greens 11% (down one). Bill Shorten has at least made up ground on preferred prime minister, which Malcolm Turnbull now leads 59-20, down from 60-14 in the last poll in December. The poll also records 54% opposition to an increase in the goods and services tax to 15% accompanied by tax cuts and compensation, with 37% in support.

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En Passant Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 22:04 Source

David Morrison, the former head of the Australian Army, is this year’s Australian of the year. 

He came to our attention in 2013 for his campaign against the abuse of women in the Army. Monica Attard gives as summary of this on the ABC News site. She wrote:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 20:27 Source

By Richard O’Brien “The politics of envy [and] just another smear“. – Malcolm Turnbull’s response in October to criticism of his government’s decision to exempt large private companies from tax disclosure laws and questions about his investments in the Cayman Islands. “Envy (noun) 1. a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 15:37 Source

From memory John Howard was the first to say, “Disunity is death” when referring to political parties, although just about everyone in politics says it now. And, as it happens, the Liberals have buckets of it. If you read Mike Seccombe’s column in the The Saturday Paper this week you will get some idea of…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 14:08 Source

By Brian Morris Changes to the Australian constitution are infrequent. One amendment that many would like to see concerns the head of state, and Australia becoming a republic. But perhaps there’s a more immediate issue that is now supported by 78 per cent of the population, in a new January poll. It relates to a…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 12:52 Source

Scott Morrison’s decision to not continue with the green and white papers on taxation reform should come as no surprise to anyone. Despite Scott’s assurances that he is going to keep talking, it is patently obvious that he is not going to do any listening, a trait that saw him eventually ousted from his job at…

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