Blogotariat

Oz Blog News Commentary
Jack the Insider Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 13:14 Source

When the election campaign first kicked off, I suggested Labor’s task to win the election was Himalayan. Labor needs a net gain of 19 seats…

Read more Views: 35
John Quiggin Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Another draft extract from my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons. It’s the last part of the section on “predistribution”, dealing with Intellectual Property. Next up, “redistribution” through taxation and public expenditure.

As always, encouragement is welcome, constructive criticism even more so.

Read more Views: 14
Renew Economy Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:47 Source

New report highlights how Labor states and territory have led the way on renewable energy, and why Coalition governments are not to be trusted on helping roll out large scale wind and solar.

Read more Views: 12
Renew Economy Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:31 Source

Metro of Santiago, Chile, has signed a power purchase agreement for supply of 300 GWh annually of clean solar energy for public transport network, making it the world's first.

Read more Views: 15
Renew Economy Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:31 Source

Chile's Santiago Metro has signed a PPA for supply of 300GWh annually of solar energy for public transport, making it the world's first.

Read more Views: 12
Renew Economy Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:07 Source

ACT's second tender for battery storage installations in homes and businesses expected to result in 2MW of additional capacity for around 600 homes.

Read more Views: 14
Renew Economy Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:03 Source

New analysis by Germany’s Photon Magazine says solar might be cheapest source of electricity already today – not in sunny regions, but in cloudy Germany.

Read more Views: 13
Renew Economy Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:58 Source

Burning all known fossil fuels could push global temperature an average of 8C above preindustrial levels, with the Arctic bearing brunt of warming.

Read more Views: 24
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

Geology is the science of stones, of their shapes and formations and locations and changes over time. Human history, too, is a study, in part, of stones: ones shaped by humans, piled high by humans, flung at high velocities by humans at other humans. There is history in rocks and rocks in history.

Read more Views: 16
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

The sun gives us so much, providing both lighting and heating for our planet. We try to take advantage of this constant stream of power by using solar panels to convert light into electrical energy. It's a bright idea. But, could we be harnessing more of the sun?

Read more Views: 15
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

Gold may be beautiful and valuable, but some mining operations to extract the precious metal are seriously dirty.

Read more Views: 24
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

When you're sick with some kind of infection, it's crucial to quickly figure out what's causing it. But if it's a viral infection, identifying the exact type of virus is often a laborious and time-consuming process.

Read more Views: 16
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

The first Maker Faire of the year took place last weekend in San Mateo, California, and among the many thrillingly geeky sights and sounds on display was an indoor drone racing course set up by the Aerial Sports League, which bills itself the "only Major Drone Combat and FPV Drone Racing League."

Read more Views: 15
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

Remember that scene in Men in Black when Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones have to climb up a tower in Queens to stop an alien from stealing a flying saucer on top of it? Well, if you're unfamiliar, that's a very real place called the New York State Pavilion, and it was designed for the 1964-65 World's Fair by Philip Johnson. This futuristic creation, which features an observation deck called "Astro-View," among many other sci-fi-looking features, has been celebrated for years by tourists and architects alike.

Read more Views: 16
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

As humans, we're taught at an early age to not judge people by the way they look. And that's for a good reason—people's natures aren't defined by their physical appearance.

Read more Views: 22
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

Birthed into the sky with all the fanfare of a soda bottle pop, the drone swarm took flight from its metallic silos. One drone every second, until the whole swarm is airborne. Pop, pop, pop, this is the future of war, according to the Office of Naval Research.

Read more Views: 15
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

SpaceX and Boeing are competing to become the first private company to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017 (or 2018). But before SpaceX's new Crew Dragon capsule or Boeing's Starliner can put their human cargo onboard the station, NASA needs to install a special adapter that allows these first-of-their-kind private astronaut taxis to dock with the station.

Read more Views: 14
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

Imagine a plant that changes color in the presence of a land mine and alerts unwary people to a danger beneath their feet. It's an idea that has inspired a number of groups, including a Danish company, which developed arabidopsis plants to turn red in the presence of explosives that have leached into the soil. At first glance, it's the perfect combination of humanitarian appeal and high-tech cool. So, why aren't land mine-detecting plants already here? Because it's bad biodesign.

Read more Views: 25
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

It was the Clone Wars that tore the Star Wars universe apart, but it was the droids that stood out. Unmanned machines, fighting on all fronts, the manufactured robot armies sparked a fictional crisis of galactic proportions. So it's only fair that, to re-create dogfights from that universe, Earth-bound hobbyists turned to drones.

Read more Views: 16
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

A committee within the House of Representatives is recommending that Congress should not fund NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The mission--which would launch to an asteroid in 2021, pick up a boulder from it, and then bring that boulder back to lunar space for astronauts to visit--has been billed by NASA as a stepping stone for putting humans on Mars, but it hasn't garnered a lot of support from scientists or the public.

Read more Views: 16
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

Pebble is experimenting with adding Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant to its devices, confirmed sources with information on the matter. The smartwatch company just today announced new versions of their devices: the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core. Now the Kickstarter-founded startup is working on adding in the virtual assistant part of Amazon's Echo line of products.

Read more Views: 15
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

A few months ago, in the expo-hall of the Austin Convention Center, I laid my left hand flat on a sheet of sterile paper and let a very tall, friendly man insert an RFID chip into the space between my thumb and index finger. “Oh, you've got thick skin,” he said, pressing the needle a little harder. I made a half-hearted joke about being a woman on the internet, and the whole thing was over.

Read more Views: 13
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

Before the Apple Watch and Android Wear stormed the scene, Pebble brought smartphone users a way to check phone notifications right on their wrist. Now the Kickstarter-founded company is bringing yet another update to their smartwatch lineup.

Read more Views: 13
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

Vaccines have come a long way since Edward Jenner first inoculated James Phipps back in 1796. Today, they are more effective, safer, and for the most part widely accepted. Yet even with these advancements, researchers continue to search for more effective ways to keep the public safe from at times lethal infections and diseases.

Read more Views: 16
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

As a species, we're big fans of beer. We've been brewing beer for thousands of years, with different forms and recipes in regions around the world.

Read more Views: 15
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

There's lots of wearable fitness tech out there, but why bother with clunky watches and wires if you could just stick a small patch to your chest? It would probably look way cooler.

Read more Views: 12
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

America's stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive fighter program in history, isn't exclusively made for the Pentagon. Besides America's Navy, Marines, and Air Force, nine other nations signed on to receive F-35s from Lockheed Martin, and today, a pair of F-35s are arriving in the Netherlands.

Read more Views: 15
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

Fiction is full of evil robots, from the Cylons of “Battlestar Galactica” to the vengeful replicants of Blade Runner to the iconic, humanity-destroying Terminators. Yet these are all robots built from good intentions, whose horrific violence is an unintended consequence of their design, rather than the explicit point.

Read more Views: 11
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

There's a new MVP working out with the Pittsburgh Steelers. That would be a Mobile Virtual Player, a remote-controlled dummy that can run drills with football players, allowing them to practice against an opponent that never gets tired.

Read more Views: 14
Popular Science Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:19 Source

Rhino horns, a traditional Vietnamese cancer and hangover cure, are now legal to buy and sell in South Africa, for the first time since 2009.

Read more Views: 13

Pages