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Renew Economy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 15:41 Source

CSIRO chief provides echo chamber for climate denialists: "It almost sounds more like religion than science to me."

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 15:34 Source

New data shows Tesla crushed the competition in the large luxury car market in 2015.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 15:09 Source

I'd been putting off a return to Facebook for a long time, but I'd known for at least a year I'd have to slink back there with my tail between my legs. It's the advertising. Increasingly online ads are served up by either the Book of Face, or el Goog, or nobody.

Building a mailing list, I had no choice. Facebook's creepy omniscience makes it too powerful to ignore. It is the stalker at all our windows.

Still, I can try to control things. I've set up an offical JB Books page where I wont be posting cat videos or personal info. It's all about the merch.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 15:08 Source

Independent review of Victoria's Climate Change Act recommends a 1.5°C long-term emissions target for the state that hosts Australia's large brown coal generators. It also calls for greater regulatory power for the EPA.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 15:03 Source

California, Hawaii and Massachusetts lead the nation for the economic competitiveness of solar PV.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 13:50 Source

Tasmania urged to encourage more wind and solar generation as it struggles with depleting hydro levels and lost connection to mainland grid.

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Your Democracy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 13:14 Source
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Delimiter Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 13:12 Source

Federal Parliament erupted into a fiery debate yesterday over Malcolm Turnbull's reshaping of the NBN project, with Labor MP Lisa Chesters stealing much of the show with a furious diatribe in which she labelled the PM's NBN plan as "incompetent, hopeless, useless and a joke".

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:54 Source

More than 1,000MW of large-scale renewables projects will likely be committed this year, but we’ll still fall short of the RET in 2018. The problem lies with financier confidence, not a lack of economically viable projects.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:44 Source

How did Greg Hunt win an award that Greens deputy leader Scott Ludlam says "sounds like something his mum made up"? As the satire ramps up, confusion emerges about exactly who was responsible.

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Jack the Insider Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:42 Source

You have to feel for Bill Shorten. The nation’s favourite whipping boy thought he had at last backed a winner. The Turnbull government…

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:36 Source

What does it say that Indian coal imports fell 28.6% year over year in January 2016 and US coal production was down record 32.4%?

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:34 Source

It’s time to ask a few questions about the BBC’s re-launch of Top Gear in a post-COP21 world.

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Delimiter Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:07 Source

The Opposition said this week that it has received about 60 complaints from early adopters of the Government's preferred Fibre to the Node NBN rollout model, many of whom were receiving such poor service that they would prefer to have their original ADSL broadband back.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:55 Source

We all know that energy efficiency is the lowest cost, highest benefit, biggest no-brainer when it comes to reducing pollution across our economy. But will government's embrace it?

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Delimiter Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:05 Source

Specialist beverage company Campari has replaced HP tablets with Microsoft Surface Pros within its sales team, and is now rolling out the devices across the remainder of the business.

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xkcd.com Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:00 Source

"That last LinkedIn request set a new record for the most energetic physical event ever observed. Maybe we should respond." "Nah."

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Delimiter Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:54 Source

Virtualisation giant VMware has unveiled a new platform for delivering secure digital workspaces for flexible working on any device.

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Delimiter Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:47 Source

A staged trial of a driverless electric shuttle bus will take place in Western Australia later this year, according to the state government.

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Delimiter Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:40 Source

The Federal Government has introduced legislation to Parliament that will force foreign providers of digital content, such as Netflix, to pay goods and services tax (GST) in Australia.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:00 Source

By Dr George Venturini What kind of republic and how to get there There are some 600,000 non-for-profit community organisations in Australia. There are serious organisations devoted to analysing, thinking, reasoning. There is an Australian Republican Movement, there still is around a Republican Party of Australia. They could all help. Whatever their purpose, it should…

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Popular Science Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 09:30 Source

In recent years, scientists have been developing new and creative ways to put electronics in the brain. These devices are useful for paralyzed patients to control prosthetic limbs with their minds, to help locked-in patients communicate with the outside world, or to help researchers better predict seizures in epileptic patients. But implanting them requires opening the skull, an intrusive procedure. Now researchers from the University of Melbourne have created a device that can be inserted into the brain through the blood vessels, no invasive surgery required.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 09:30 Source

Last year, Tesla Version 7.0 was sent over the air to Tesla Model S computers as they were sleeping snug in their garages. When the cars woke up, they had Autopilot features that assisted their humans with highway driving, particularly lane keeping, lane changing, and active cruise control features. Version 7.0 had the ability to scan for an open parking space and parallel park on command.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 09:29 Source

This week Nerf is announcing a behemoth addition to one of its iconic series: a bow measuring 4 feet in height, with totally redesigned, 27-inch composite arrows that can fire up to 100 feet, and aims truer with the first adjustable sight for the line. It's the largest bow ever from the company by more than a foot, and it fires arrows the farthest of any toy they've ever made.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 09:29 Source

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to issue a temporary stay on President Obama's Clean Power Plan. The move blocks the plan's implementation until a lower court can hear objections to the plan in June.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 09:29 Source

The automation of cars has been a long time coming. Mechanized functions like anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and even automated parallel parking have been mainstays in modern cars for decades.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 09:29 Source

Chaser—the border collie who knows more than 1,200 words—has been called the world's smartest dog. Could she lose her title as she enters her teen years? Researchers in Vienna studied aging dogs' cognition, and the results are promising.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 09:29 Source

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins will perform the first-ever organ transplant between a HIV-positive donor and recipient.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 09:29 Source

In the 1960s, NASA created concept art showing every phase of an Apollo mission. The timing of mission events varied from flight to flight, particularly since later missions spent more time exploring the Moon's surface. For a sense of just how much longer the later missions were, Apollo 11 splashed down 195 hours and 18 minutes after launch and Apollo 17 was longer by half; the spacecraft splashed down 301 hours and 51 minutes after leaving the Earth. But following along with the time of Apollo 11 mission events works for putting these beautiful images into context.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 09:29 Source

Twitter, the social media service built around a reverse-chronological list of posts, is switching things around.

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