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Drag0nista's Blog Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:59 Source

Jobs and growth is a catchy mantra, but is not enough for election triumph.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:37 Source

Including infrastructure costs, elevated rail, Calatrava's NY rail station, fantasy rail, parking, cycling, sports stadia, High Speed Rail, Grand Prix, Fairfax clickbait, empty homes, dwelling diversity, and more

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Greens policy would help 1m-plus Australian households and businesses install heavily discounted battery storage over 5 years.

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Renew Economy Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:31 Source

New Greens policy would help more than 1m Australian households and 30,000 businesses install heavily discounted battery storage over five years.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

Maine isn't just home to blueberries and lobsters. It also has thriving coral gardens just off the coast, which NOAA Fisheries shows off in this new video.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

Large-scale impacts usually result in mass extinctions instead of new life, but evidence is mounting that comet impacts at least had the potential to midwife along early life on Earth.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

Last month, a small plane crashed near Anchorage, Alaska, killing all four occupants. After an investigation, the culprit was discovered: an immature bald eagle.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

Not all drones are battle-born. The Nevadan “Sandoval Silver State Seeder” isn't made for war. No, the fixed-wing drone is built to fight a different foe: drought.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

The Alaskan Way Viaduct was a 60-year-old elevated two-layer highway in Seattle that couldn't handle earthquakes. To replace it, the Washington State Department of Transportation is digging a 2-mile long tunnel instead. The work began in 2013, and as any major construction project is likely to, it's hit a few snags. To show off the progress before drilling resumes, the Department of Transportation flew a drone through the tunnel between shifts:

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

We haven't even begun to see the skies of future wars. Since aerial combat first evolved in World War I, it's taken on a familiar form: scouts that find targets, fighters that attack other planes, and big heavy bombers that unload hell onto the ground below. Despite a century of improvement, it is roughly the same now, with some more specialized aircraft. The wars of the future, though, are going to have a lot more in the sky.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

More than 250,000 Americans die every year due to medical errors, according to an estimate published this week in the British Medical Journal.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

Hulu has always been the easiest way for AMERICANS who opt out of cable subscriptions to watch this season's TV shows, from numerous channels -- with one large drawback. They have to wait until the day after a show is originally aired to view it. Poor dears. Anyway, apparently even THAT is getting fixed...

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

Astronauts who ride with SpaceX will apparently be riding in style. An interview at Bleep magazine has revealed that Jose Fernandez, who designed superhero costumes for Batman vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, and other blockbusters, designed SpaceX's space suits as well.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

Scarface is dead. Not the ruthless drug kingpin of pop culture fame, but the beloved grizzly of Yellowstone, who was a favorite among parkgoers. The aged bruin—he was 25 years old—was illegally shot by a hunter just outside the park boundary near Gardiner, Montana late last year. Grizzly bears are protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and are off limits to hunting.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

LeEco has a hand in just about everything. The company has been called “the Netflix of China” for its streaming video service (it used be called LeTV), but it also makes mobile phones and now an autonomous electric car. LeSEE, which stands for "Super Electric Ecosystem," debuted at the Beijing Auto Show in April.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

Twenty seconds. That's how far into this short teaser for Shadows In The Grass, a new indie sci-fi short film currently in production, that it took to win me over. Just look at the design of the futuristic space station and tell me it doesn't evoke Don Davis's awe-inspiring 1970s Toroidal space colony art for NASA, Kubrick's 2001, or maybe even the newer dystopian TV series The 100 (in a good way).

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

In recent years, robots have steadily crept their way into the operating room, helping to perform procedures as humans direct their movements. Robotic devices in surgery have a lot of potential benefits; they can help reduce error rates and increase the efficiency of the surgeries. But developing a robotic device that can perform the surgery completely on its own has been challenging, especially for surgeries that involve soft tissue, where the dexterity of the surgeon's hands are vital.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

One of the most poignant indicators of needing assistance is a physical showing of pain. A team from University of Oulu in Finland has published a technical report that claims the ability to recognize when someone is in pain. By training their algorithm on videos of more than 120 people in pain, the researchers were able to automatically identify pain on a 16-level scale.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

In recent years, robots have steadily crept their way into the operating room, helping to perform procedures as humans direct their movements. Robotic devices in surgery have a lot of potential benefits; they can help reduce error rates and increase the efficiency of the surgeries. But developing a robotic device that can perform the surgery completely on its own has been challenging, especially for surgeries that involve soft tissue, where the dexterity of the surgeon's hands are vital.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:09 Source

On Monday night, a cornucopia of celebrities descended upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the annual Met Gala—the fundraising event that always becomes a dizzying who's who of pop stars, actors, ballplayers, fashion designers and the like.

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Hoyden About Town Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:00 Source

Welcome to the 96th Down Under Feminists Carnival.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 09:15 Source

Including infrastructure costs, elevated rail, Calatrava’s NY rail station, fantasy rail, parking, cycling, sports stadia, High Speed Rail, Grand Prix, Fairfax clickbait, empty homes, dwelling diversity, and more Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist last month

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Delimiter Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 09:02 Source

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has welcomed Tuesday's Federal Budget announcement, saying it delivers "good news for jobs and skills in the digital sector".

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Your Democracy Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 09:00 Source

same old smoke & mirrors 1

from John Passant …

This is a Budget of smokers and mirrors.

 

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Delimiter Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 08:59 Source

The Senate has passed two new initiatives that are aimed to boost investment in Australian startups.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 06:12 Source

Thursday May 5 2016 1 Leigh Sales got it right when she asked the Treasurer; “What was the point of your three years in office?” On the eve of an election it is a relevant question to ask a government who in order to gain office accused the Government of the day of absolute carnage in…

The post Day to Day Politics: “What was the point of your three years in office?” appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Poll Bludger Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 05:47 Source

There was a pre-budget lull in the federal polling storm this week, but the BludgerTrack aggregate has nonetheless had the regularly scheduled Roy Morgan and Essential Research results to play with. Both recorded next to no change on last time, and the changes on all indicators of voting intention have been barely measurable. Despite that, the seat projection has Labor up one in New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia (the results in the latter being particularly remarkable at present), but down two on the back of a very small voting intention shift in highly sensitive Queensland.

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Poll Bludger Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 05:33 Source

One of the biggest surprises of the 2013 election was Labor’s success in retaining Greenway, its most marginal seat in Sydney, in defiance of a long-established conventional wisdom that Labor faced a particularly devastating result in the city’s western suburbs. The electorate covers suburbia from Blacktown and Toongabbie, located 30 kilometres to the west of central Sydney, through higher-income Quakers Hill and Stanhope Gardens to the urban fringe centre of Riverstone.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 02:41 Source

On 2 October 2014 the Australian Senate referred the matter of corporate tax avoidance and aggressive minimisation to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by the first sitting day of June 2015 and, after repeated extensions, on 2 May 2016 the Senate granted the committee a further extension to report by 30 September 2016. The committee’s interim reports clearly indicated that the Australian taxation system was being gamed by foreign-based multinationals using aggressive tax practices such as avoidance of perma

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North Coast Voices Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 00:16 Source

It’s time to ask incumbent federal MPs and senators what they intend to do to when faced with legislative bills or ministerial decisions which have the potential to negatively impact on The Great Barrier Reef and to make it very clear that their answers will decide votes in July 2016.The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 April 2016:Scientists surveying the mass coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef say only 7 per cent of Australia's environmental icon has been left untouched by the event.The final resu

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