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Popular Science Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05 Source

The wait continues for the first piece of official hardware associated with Nintendo's Pokémon Go. The Pokémon Go Plus wristband was supposed to arrive this month, but has been delayed until September:

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Popular Science Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05 Source

It's not news that electronic cigarettes, an increasingly popular alternative to conventional cigs, contain some levels of toxic chemicals. Even the FDA seems confused about how to regulate e-cigs and vaping supplies, with hundreds of types of smoking apparatuses and varying flavors and nicotine levels hitting the market.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05 Source

Meet Drogon and Viserion, the dragon ants.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05 Source

Two years after millions of people dumped ice over their heads, the money they raised for the nerve disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has funded a new discovery. Scientists used donations from the ice bucket challenge to identify a new gene associated with ALS called NEK1. Variations of this gene are involved in three percent of ALS cases, the team reported Monday in Nature Genetics.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05 Source

There are innumerable blogs dedicated to posting prose and poetry. CuratedAI, however, is a collection of machine generated creative writing that launched last week. ​The poems and prose come from multiple different artificial intelligence programs selected by human beings. If the Turing Test is a (debatably) subjective way to measure a machine's passable humanity, then poetry is the subjective cheat sheet.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05 Source

The acanthisittid wren (while, despite the name, is not a true wren) is a flightless bird species that, according to a new study, has been a proud citizen of New Zealand for more than 25 million years. While that in itself is pretty neat, it's new citizenship date also calls into question a major geological theory.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05 Source

You may have heard of the Faroe Islands once before when they tried to sequence the genes of all its citizens, but this small North Atlantic archipelago is again asking for its name to be heard. Or herd.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05 Source

Jupiter's most distinctive feature is so hot right now.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05 Source

Let's talk about the birds and the bees. Or literally, just the bees: their sperm is in trouble.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:05 Source

Blimps are gigantic sky-whales. By the very nature of their design, a durable yet light sack of air suspending a small, heavier compartment with people and engines, there's a lot of surface area on a blimp and not a great way to look at it. So Skunk Works, the research laboratory of defense giant Lockheed Martin, went and did the only sensible thing: made a robot that can crawl on the surface of blimps.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 12:24 Source

As NSW’s relatively generous solar rates come to a close, 150,000-odd solar homes are looking to make the transition as painless as possible. So what are your options? We break them down for you.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 12:16 Source

ACT govt-funded installation of 500kW solar array is underway at Canberra Hospital, part of project that will save it $490,000 by 2017-18.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 12:01 Source

The overall tone of Clean Energy Summit is much more upbeat than last year, and it appears that the political resistance to renewables is fading.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:48 Source

BNEF analyst and Clean Energy Regulator warn renewables market headed for shortfall, due to RET policy with "fundamental holes in it.”

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:48 Source

BNEF and Clean Energy Regulator warn renewables market headed for shortfall, RET policy has "fundamental holes in it.”

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:43 Source

After 12 years of planning and testing, Solar Impulse has finally completed its epic voyage around the world – all without using a single drop of fuel.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:22 Source

Startups are figuring out ways to beat incumbents in their own game. Virtual power plants may be the answer.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:03 Source

Josh Frydenberg's apparent shift in thinking on renewables is welcome, but his call to end moratoriums on unconventional gas is profoundly out of step.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:00 Source

Each year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) publishes, in its annual World Energy Outlooks (WEOs), its perspectives on the energy sector over the next 25 years. These explore the implications of taking alternative climate and energy pathways. They present three scenarios: current policies (CP) which assumes business-as-usual, new policies (NP) which extends CP with policy…

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En Passant Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:45 Source

Photo published for Dylan Voller, boy strapped to restraining chair, thanks supporters for 'getting truth out there'

Image from ABC

 

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:08 Source

New technology subsystems enrich 5i energy intelligence platform with real-time, dynamic, human comfort sensing to add how “we feel” to big data analysis.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 09:46 Source

Walking accounts for only a small share of journeys to work but has enormous potential. It’s great advantage is it doesn’t require huge licks of money for specialised infrastructure Is walking to work the way to go?

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Your Democracy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 09:29 Source

 

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 09:09 Source

Josh Frydenberg says wind and solar not to blame for recent electricity price spikes, noting that volatility is "not a new thing". But while he accepts coal is in decline, his messaging was mixed, including calls for more gas into the electricity system. And the right wing is not happy.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 09:09 Source

Josh Frydenberg says wind and solar not to blame for recent price spikes, noting that price volatility is "not a new thing". But while he accepts coal is in decline, his messaging was mixed, and wants more gas into the electricity system.

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Delimiter Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 08:00 Source

In a move that looks likely aimed at countering the threat from mobile payments apps like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, a group of Australian banks has applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for authorisation to enter joint negotiations with providers of third-party mobile wallets.

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Delimiter Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 07:57 Source

iiNet has announced a trio of new plans offering limitless data on the NBN, starting at $69.99 a month.

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The Tally Room Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 07:55 Source

I’ve got a piece prepared for the Guardian today which discusses the Tasmanian Senate result but I had some thoughts that didn’t fit in to include here.

Firstly, the challenge in winning a seat from below the line isn’t just in gaining enough primary votes to be a contender. On primary votes, Richard Colbeck looked like he was in a strong position to win a seat. He was actually on track to win the tenth seat at the point where there were 24 candidates still racing for the last four seats.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 06:12 Source

Thursday 27 July 2016 The ABC’s revelation about the manifestly unreasonable treatment of teenage boys in detention in the Northern Territory should come as no surprise to anyone. It is the ABC with programmes like Four Corners, Media Watch and Australian Story and others that have been at the forefront of revealing injustice, corruption, political…

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North Coast Voices Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Australian Infrastructure Developments Pty Ltd and its shadowy backers face more than a Lower Clarence community determined to fight its scheme to industrialise Port of Yamba situated in the high environmental value Clarence River estuary.

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