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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:50 Source

Melbourne takes its trams for granted, but the rest of the world is starting to "rediscover" this old-school public transport tech. On January 23, Seattle's new First Hill Streetcar made its initial descent down Broadway Avenue and into the heart of Capitol Hill while carrying a load of passengers. For US public transportation enthusiasts and commuters alike, it's been a long time coming.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:49 Source

With the James Webb Space Telescope finally looking like it might meet its 2018 launch deadline, NASA is already looking ahead to the next great telescope.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:49 Source

Recipe for ice stacking: Take cold weather, a large lake, and mix thoroughly using a brisk wind. You should see piles of jagged ice panes appear on the edges. Best served while wearing many layers of clothing to keep out the chill.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:49 Source

Schizophrenia, a disorder that affects more than 21 million people worldwide, has a complex set of symptoms and manifestations but among them, damage to memory is a key and difficult to treat component. For decades, scientists have known where in the brain the problems lie, but not the underlying cause or how to fix it.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:49 Source

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:49 Source

On the papal plane as he returned to Rome from a recent visit to Mexico, Pope Francis told reporters that contraception might be acceptable for women in countries affected by the Zika epidemic.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:49 Source

America's M1A1 Abrams is a top-line battle tank--a 67-ton heavyweight that can best any other armored vehicle in the world. Designed in the 1970s and first introduced in the 80s, the tank was intended for an armored showdown on the plains of Europe. Instead, it first saw combat instead in Iraq in the first Gulf War, and has deployed to multiple Middle Eastern conflicts since. Operated by both the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps (as well as several foreign allies), Abrams tanks still deploy to Norway annually, where the Marines test them in winter war games.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:49 Source

In December, Orbital ATK finally resumed launching cargo to the International Space Station, after an explosion in 2014 left the company grounded for over a year. The company's Cygnus spacecraft carried 7,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the orbiting laboratory, and now its work is done. On Friday, it will undock from the space station and die a fiery death as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:49 Source

Today, nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population has myopia, or nearsightedness, and it's only expected to grow. By 2050, 50 percent of the world's population, a total of nearly 5 billion, will be myopic, according to a new review study published yesterday in the journal Opthalmology.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:48 Source

“I am with [Neil deGrasse Tyson] on this one,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper typed, in response to Tumblr user BaeForHire, who asked if the Earth was flat. “Definitely a sphere.The Intelligence Community has high confidence. We take pictures of it every day,” Clapper continued, in a tone as breezy as the forum he was in. Participating in Tumblr's Answer Time, Clapper's answers drifted between light-hearted certainty and cagey push-back.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:48 Source

A medical review board has granted a ReWalk exoskeleton to a wheelchair-bound patient in the northeastern U.S.—and his insurance will pay for it, according to ReWalk. This could set a precedent for how insurance providers handle these sorts of claims, and even how they view walking.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:48 Source

In a landmark case for tech companies and US privacy, Apple chose to deny the FBI allowance into the iPhone 5C of the San Bernardino shooter--under the idea that it would set a bad precedent for future cases. Now Google is coming to Apple's defense.

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:48 Source

China is raising up an early February storm in Asia by deploying long range HQ-9 surface to air missiles (SAM) to Woody Island in the disputed Paracel Island Chains. The Paracel Island chain, claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, is a small archipelago located roughly equidistant between Hainan Island and north-central Vietnam. Woody Island itself is home to 1,000 people, has an airport capable of accommodating J-10 and J-11 fighters, and is capital of the Sansha Prefecture, which covers Chinese claims in South China Sea (including overlapping Filipino, Malaysian Taiwanese and Vietnamese claims).

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Popular Science Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:48 Source

With a simple test, Dean Jones, professor of medicine at Emory University, says he can peg a pet owner. “We can pretty much guess who has pets based upon what's in their blood,” he says. That's because an egg-killing chemical used in tick and flea collars also makes its way into owners' systems. That's as far as the information goes at this point, though. Are these chemicals dangerous? Are they bad for your children's health? No one knows. At least not yet.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:01 Source

I went to hospital yesterday and for a while thought I had might die. By the end of the night Donald Trump had instulted the Pope and the Pope had told him to keep his bib out of Mexican affairs and the question of who ventures across the border chasing after Walter White.

It seemed an unusulaly dangerous thing to say. Cathololics follw Bing Crosby into the kind o theology Francis espouses. He is not thouhht a busybody. He has, perhPaps, thirty million dedicated followers in America.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:00 Source

By Philip Ayton Freedom. What does it mean to you? Truth? Democracy? Well to me, the three go hand in hand. If democracy works, then freedom and truth flow freely. Unfortunately, democracy, by definition, stopped working many, many moons ago. What we have left is an empty shell, bearing the same name and all the…

The post Attempting to Silence the Dissenting Minorities appeared first on The AIM Network.

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xkcd.com Friday, February 19, 2016 - 11:00 Source

Platonic solids for my real friends and real solids for my platonic friends!

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Renew Economy Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:59 Source

Colin Barnett rules out adopting Synergy's proposed doubling of grid connection charges for solar households, describing the idea of a solar tax as "fantasy".

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Renew Economy Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:59 Source

Colin Barnett rules out adopting Synergy's proposed doubling of grid connection charges for solar households, describing the idea of a solar tax as "fantasy".

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Delimiter Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:57 Source

Western Australia's Auditor General has released a damning report identifying weakness and inconsistencies in the management of the Centralised Computing Services contract at the Department of Health.

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Delimiter Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:51 Source

A number of internet service providers (ISPs) have agreed to take a coordinated response to orders requesting website blocking over copyright infringement.

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Delimiter Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:49 Source

Attorney-General George Brandis has called for Apple to unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December's San Bernadino massacre.

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Political Owl Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:41 Source

The radio advertisement features a female voice-over which says, "They say there's no such thing as a free lunch. Not true. Because right now, at Thirsty Camel, we're giving away a gourmet super model's lunch. That is, a refreshingly free bottle of water."Tut, tut. And the complaints flooded in. Like this one:

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En Passant Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:19 Source

From the refugee art project

Today our good mate Thomas Wales came to the Refugee Art Project studio in Parramatta. Thomas is a traditional landowner and spokesperson for the Thanakwith people in the Weipa area of far north Queensland. ‪#‎LetThemStay

 

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Political Owl Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:12 Source

The OECD released overnight a rather gloomy update of the state of the world economy. Global GDP growth in 2016 is projected to be no higher than in 2015, itself the slowest pace in the past five years.Estimates for Australia are  not provided in this Interim Economic Outlook but overall fo

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The Tally Room Friday, February 19, 2016 - 09:46 Source

In the last few days, I’ve been involved in a lot of discussions about Senate reform, and many times I’ve had people insist that voters make a choice to hand control of their vote to their party, and any voter should be able to vote below-the-line if they wanted to. These arguments often insist that below-the-line voting is easy, and stray into elitist arguments about ordinary voters being lazy.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 19, 2016 - 08:54 Source

It may have escaped the Coalition’s attention, as they concentrate on yet another swearing in, that their term in government is close to expiring and all we hear is that we will be told in good time what they intend to do. Are we to understand that they had no plan on entering government other…

The post They’re supposed to be running the country appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 19, 2016 - 06:24 Source

Friday 19 December 2016 When the Liberal party room met last August ( a meeting of marathon proportion) to discuss marriage equality amid much controversy at the time, I wonder if the then Prime Minister gave much thought to the ramifications of an extremely expensive plebiscite to find out the answer to a question already…

The post Day to Day Politics: The absurdity of a marriage plebiscite. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Friday, February 19, 2016 - 00:16 Source

What Senate Estimates tells us this month: * Liberal MP for Fisher Mal Brough has been formally interviewed by federal police at least once; * hundreds of thousands of emails, documents and images have been seized from the homes of Mal Brough, James Ashby, Karen Doane and elsewhere; * the official charge being considered is unauthorised disclosure1; * federal police have read “Ashbygate” by Ross Jones; * the Kingston Hotel in Canberra is well-known in Senate circles; and* LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has no understanding of the Commonwealth Criminal Code.SENATE LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE

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North Coast Voices Friday, February 19, 2016 - 00:15 Source

“The work we have done at the Commission is very important. The role of Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner is to start these conversations. It is up to the Parliament to finish them.

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