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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

Let's say you're looking for a type of place, rather than a specific place, to visit. You could be a skateboarder looking for an empty pool to ride in, an urban explorer looking for abandoned warehouses to explore... or you could be a bored internet user looking for satellite photos of shipwrecks off the coast of New York City just because it's cool.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

Blind justice could be getting a new type of vision soon, thanks to VR headsets.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

The International Space Station is set to start testing its first expandable habitat. Tomorrow, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will swell to its full size, beginning a two-year stint at the ISS. During this time, astronauts will measure how well BEAM holds up against space debris, radiation and temperature swings.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

While Google's bubble-shaped car putters around in California and Tesla's Autopilot guides cars into garages, Georgia Tech is taking autonomous driving to the extreme. A team of researchers from both the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and the School of Interactive Computing at the university have built AutoRally, an autonomous rally truck that pushes the limits of its performance.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

What a consumer drone sells is a new perspective, a better grasp of where one is. A drone is an eyeball, flung into the sky overhead. That's true with all drones, and is the explicit selling point of Xiaomi's Mi Drone, unveiled today.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

The first gadget with a useful rollable screen may arrive faster than we suspected. According to Bloomberg, Chinese tech firm Moxi Group says it will be rolling out a rollable, bendable smartphone screen later this year.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

SpaceX is hoping to launch the 7,000-pound Thaicom 8 into space on Thursday at 5:40 pm Eastern. From its geosynchronous orbit, the satellite will beam television and internet signals into Southeast Asia.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

Wait, this thing WASN'T an April Fools prank from 2011? They've actually been working on a real straddle-bus?

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

How exactly does an aircraft with a 170-foot wingspan look like a bird on radar?

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

When mating time rolls around, most male animals offer a glut of tiny sperm. Fruit flies operate a little differently. They deliver a few gigantic sperm. In fact, male Drosophila bifurca flies can produce sperm that are 5.8 centimeters long—20 times longer than their own bodies.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

The hydraulic press wars are heating up, and the best video this week (so far) is entertaining and educational.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

Microsoft might be gearing up to release a Chromecast competitor aligned with the Xbox brand.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

The musical instrument of the future might be data from high energy particle physics experiments. Researchers from the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland and other universities debuted the Quantizer with live streaming at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems this month.

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Popular Science Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21 Source

It sounds almost like something out of a cartoon. Someone crosses the road on a hot day and gets stuck in the melting asphalt, leaving behind shoes like some kind of Family Circus trail .

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 06:27 Source

Thursday May 26 2016. On Wednesday afternoon my wife and I were watching News 24. The two talking heads of the Liberal Party, Scott Morrison and Mathias Corrman were giving a press conference. “Oh turn them off” my wife said. “Hang on” says I. “There’s something fishy here”. “What’s wrong?” “Well if what I’m hearing…

The post Day to Day Politics: Manufacture a lie and keep repeating it. Abbott taught them well. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Duck Pond Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 01:30 Source

May is not turning out to be the friendly and obliging month that the name would suggest. Nonetheless, Dexter and Hannah have continued on their walks followed by the camera. However, some of the photo record has been obliterated, which was simultaneous with the crash of my desktop.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 00:16 Source
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En Passant Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 21:19 Source


Drive past Trades Hall up until the election and you might be shocked to see a giant Malcolm Turnbull head jump out at you. This billboard sums up the choice facing working Australians at this election – do we support a government promising $50 billion in corporate tax cuts while trying to undermine penalty rates, or do we #puttheliberalslast?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 19:14 Source

By Nick Chapman, Independent NSW candidate for the Australian Senate A politician’s job is to represent the people, and run the country for the national interest. But who is holding them to account? How do we ensure transparency? How do we restore trust in the system? I believe trust in our political system is vital…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 18:45 Source

By Ken Wolff On Thursday 19 May the AFP raided the parliamentary offices of Stephen Conroy in Melbourne and the home of a political staffer as regards leaks from NBNCo. Next morning the AFP Commissioner maintained that there had been no political influence on the investigation, nor the timing of the raids, and that the…

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Club Troppo Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 16:28 Source

Part Two of my essay on the way of looking at the world I’ve worked out over the last few years and published on Evonomics can be found here. So many years, so few words :(

Part one of this essay showed how two dimensions of free riding define what we call “public goods” – things that often fall to governments to supply because markets frequently can’t: Things like defense forces, suburban roads and public fireworks displays.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 14:37 Source

Adani identifies four major large scale solar projects it says it wants to develop in Australia. It still wants to proceed with Carmichael coal mine, but analysts say solar is better financial deal than coal.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 14:26 Source

Labor calls "peak ineffectiveness" on Direct Action as Greg Hunt denies claims from the right the policy might actually have some bite.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 14:00 Source

By Andreas Bimba Highly relevant to the forced exit of Australia’s car assembly industry are the free trade agreements (FTAs) and the goals of the Institute of Public Affairs – the think tank for the neo-conservative hard right in Australian business and politics. This is however more than about making cars, or Australia’s manufacturing industry.…

The post Political and economic coup détat in Australia? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 13:19 Source
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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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