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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:55 Source

IEEFA report says proposals for new coal facilities in Queensland's Galilee Basin introduce 'unprecedented' levels of financial complexity and risk.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:40 Source

32 NSW councils seek federal backing to install and gather data from a broad range of PV and solar thermal technologies.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:30 Source

We hear often that energy storage costs are falling rapidly, with obvious implications for the prospects of renewables. But what do the experts say?

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:29 Source

BZE report reveals surprisingly high emissions profile for Australia's Land Use sector, maps path to zero via well-understood, widely practiced strategies.

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The Tally Room Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Bundoora1-2PPBundoora is a safe Labor seat in norther Melbourne, covering Bundoora, Kingsbury and Watsonia and parts of Greensborough, Macleod, Mill Park and Yallambie.

Labor’s Colin Brooks has held Bundoora since 2006, and now holds the seat by a 10.9% margin.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:58 Source

In the Q&A after an unrelated speech today, RBA boss Glenn Stevens said: “The key points here are that we are keeping a close eye on the buildup of credit to investors in the housing market…Lending standards are things that need to be carefully watched in a time when house prices are rising quickly and […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:56 Source

Only in Australia can a government proposal to slash the renewable energy target by more than half be proclaimed by the “experts” as a “victory” for the moderates. Such is the toxic nature of this government’s antipathy to all things clean and green, and wind farms in particular. Welcome to Team Australia. Open to vested interests.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:56 Source

Only in Australia can a government proposal to slash the renewable energy target by more than half be proclaimed by the “experts” as a “victory” for the moderates. Such is the toxic nature of this government’s antipathy to all things clean and green, and wind farms in particular. Welcome to Team Australia. Open to vested interests.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:54 Source

An uninspiring Flash PMI for China in October is out at 50.4 points, up slightly from 50.2. The internals were also drab with new order expansions slowing:   And the charts:   It appears at least that downward momentum has been arrested. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:39 Source

Sigh…from Farifax: Australia’s $20 billion alternative energy sector has been plunged into fresh uncertainty after the federal government indicated further policy changes to reduce the reliance on wind and solar power, potentially leaving billions of dollars invested in the sector stranded or devalued. Signalling it wants to reduce the 20 per cent renewable energy target […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:37 Source

The growing drumbeat played by coal industry that their product will “save” developing African and Asian regions deprived of a reliable energy source.

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Political Owl Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:36 Source

“I’m Joni Ern

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:31 Source

Actor and producer Renee Zellweger has a new face. So far, so Hollywood, right? But the usual blogs and clickbait sites have exploded with coverage, and inevitably other blogs have responded saying the actor's choice of plastic surgery is hers alone, and none of our business. But why are people so interested in yet another celebrity going under the knife? Could it be because of unique human brain biology?

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:22 Source

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Prosper Australia Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:42 Source

As published on The Drum. Our houses can’t make us all rich By Warwick Smith PHOTO: Increases in house prices are only really beneficial to those who own more than one house.(Reuters: David Gray) While a recent report might suggest Aussies are the richest people in the world because of high house prices, the reality […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:38 Source

From Morgan Stanley: What’s required for a rebalance? Assuming no  operations close and producers deliver what has been  guided, we estimate the global seaborne iron ore market  (including domestic Chinese production) would be in a  71Mt surplus in 2014. By next year, the surplus will rise  another 86Mt. These figures are the magnitude required  of […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:28 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:17 Source

Deutsche thinks so: FY14 marked a return to earnings growth for Australia, following two dismal years. But there is concern that much of the growth was driven by efficiency programs (6% EPS growth on 3% sales growth), which aren’t a sustainable driver of earnings. And with little sign of a top-line acceleration, the fear is the earnings recovery could […]

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Political Owl Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:14 Source

The relative plateauing of world temperatures since the late 1990s has become the major argument of those who argue that global warming is nonsense. But I wonder what they will say if 2014 turn out to be a new record high point? Personally I’m looking forward to Andrew Bolt’s explanation.And an explanation is looking more and more likely. I reported earlier this month how, according to NASA, September just gone was the warmest September globally since records began being kept in 1880.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:09 Source

Keppel Prince mothballs wind energy manufacturing, sacks 100 as Abbott government declares war on RET and wind energy.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:37 Source

Of sports played on ice, hockey tends to get the most attention when it comes to injuries. But figure skaters are also pretty injury-prone, and because of the aesthetic nature of their sport, most figure skaters eschew pads and protective gear while on the ice. This means avoiding injuries can be difficult for practitioners of the sport, in which skaters can exert forces of more than six times their body weight during a jump.  

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:37 Source

A team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon have built a robot that will send video from the moon to the Earth. And the robot will be controlled by the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, with the 3-D camera on the robot turning to match the head movements of the user.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:37 Source

In Xbox One’s newest software updates, which roll out in November, the gaming console's television functions will be integrated with Twitter. This means you can watch a show on the top portion of the screen and simultaneously send out tweets in the "Snap" sidebar. An optional bottom pane will show tweets that are tied to whatever TV series is being played.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:37 Source

With it’s teeny-tiny head and massive spiked tail, the Stegosaurus is instantly identifiable to dinosaur fans. But to predators like the Allosaurus, the Stegosaurus would have been identifiable as lunch. 

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:37 Source

Some people just don't like cats. That's okay. Some people don't like pizza. Or dogs. Or Harry Potter. But some cat-haters aren't satisfied with not owning cats themselves. They need to drag the rest of us down with them.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:37 Source

About 63 light years from our Sun, you’ll find a relatively young star called Beta Pictoris. A mere 20 million years old, Beta Pictoris is surrounded by a very active and eclectic mix of objects – including clouds of gas and dust, as well as a plethora of orbiting comets.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:37 Source

A major selling point of self-driving cars is what they remove from the road: human error, driver exhaustion, distracted driving because someone has to keep reminding the urchins in the backseat that "No, we’re not there yet, and if you keep asking I'm pulling the car over right now." Less attention has been paid to the new capabilities driverless cars will open up, such as traveling at much higher speeds than a human driver could manage.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:37 Source

What do you do in a tsunami? For people living in areas prone to tsunamis, the advice is simple: get to higher ground as fast as possible. But for one town in Washington, safety will soon be as close as the local elementary school.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:37 Source

In the tense moments of a long-range gun battle, unnecessary movements can give away a combatant's position, cause them to lose sight of the enemy, and possibly lead to fatalities. For America’s special forces, Sandia National Laboratories has developed a new sniper scope that, with the press of a button, adjusts focus.

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New Matilda Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:36 Source

Freya Newman, who accessed the student records of Frances Abbott, appeared in a Sydney local court today. Amy McQuire and Max Chalmers report.

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