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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:09 Source

Virtual reality just took its first step into a larger world: Player two has successfully entered the game.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:08 Source

Korabl-Sputnik 1, called Sputnik 4 in the West, wasn't one of the Soviet Union's greatest triumphs of the early space age. Following a successful mission, a flawed retrofire burn kept the spacecraft aloft until its orbit decayed, splrinkling radioactive metallic debris over Wisconsin.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:06 Source

Is a paper airplane a drone? For the Federal Aviation Administration, responsible for regulating America's skies, this is no longer an idle question. The commercial use of drones is currently prohibited in the United States, unless an operator receives an exemption from the FAA that allows them to fly their drone.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:06 Source

In 2005, a forensic pathologist named Bennet Omalu published a paper about a disease he had just discovered called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). You might have heard of it—CTE causes the brain to break down as a result of repeated head trauma and has been found to affect dozens of former football players.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:06 Source

Those days of slurping up the sides of your rapidly melting ice cream cone may soon be over; researchers have discovered a naturally occurring protein that could be added to everyone's favorite summertime snack to keep it solid for longer, according to a press release from the University of Edinburg in Scotland.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:06 Source

Termites get a bad reputation in the housing business. They are often looked at as signs of the domestic apocalypse, causing billions of dollars in damage to houses every year. But when it comes to building their own homes, termites are master engineers. Such is their architectural prowess as some of their mounds even have solar-powered ventilation systems.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:06 Source

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time is lauded as one of the most important titles in video game history.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:06 Source

Because swans are lean, mean fighting machines.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:06 Source

Think about how jellyfish or squid move. You're imagining a graceful display of jet propulsion, right? It's not uncommon for underwater species to take advantage of their environment to propel themselves through it. In a study released in Nature Communications today, researchers from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Oregon University, and Stanford University detail how colonies of tiny hydrozoans use jet propulsion in concert with each other.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:05 Source

The Google logo has become one of the most iconic pieces of branding in the world in the 17 years since the company was founded: the six letters of the company's name in the four basic colors (red, yellow, blue, and green) rendered in a tweak on the font Catull BQ. That logo was actually first introduced in 1999, and a variation of that logo has appeared on nearly every major Google product and division since.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:05 Source

What might the world of driverless cars look like in the future? If this MIT production is any indication, it will be very smart golf carts, safely ferrying people about. MIT, as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, created a vehicle that maps and sees its environment, all on its own. Last fall, the carts ferried guests riding for free around gardens in Singapore. A video released today shows the carts in action.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:05 Source

Last week, scientists on Twitter started the #JunkOff hashtag, filling Twitter with well, animal genitalia. But this week, there's a more adorable hashtag to follow along. It's appropriately named #CuteOff, and here are a couple of our favorite contenders. It's certainly a tough field.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:05 Source

If you think scorpions are scary today, be very glad that you weren't around 467 million years ago. Today, these stealthy stingers are found on land, but back then, scorpion ancestors ruled the seas.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:05 Source

As technological advances surge ahead at lightning speed, piles of floppy disks, VHS tapes, and even stacks of old papers will likely become impossible to extract information from. Even if the treasures hidden inside could be accessed, sharing that information with others would be a hard task still. So it's clear to people like Jason Scott, a free-range archivist with the Internet Archive, that the solution is digitization.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:05 Source

Personal jetpacks are almost here, if the market can support the company long enough for them to ship. New Zealand's Martin Aircraft has a jetpack ready to go, if a pair of ducted fans worn as a gigantic backpack counts as a “jetpack”. In development for years, the company became the first publicly traded jetpack company last year, with a public offering on the Australian Stock Exchange.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:05 Source

Rainfall can be wonderful, but only in moderation. Heavy, prolonged downpours can end in disaster, causing severe flooding, and even landslides. Unlike other natural disasters like hurricanes, volcanos and earthquakes, landslides weren't historically tracked or noted. But NASA is slowly changing that.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:05 Source

The Pokémon Shuffle mobile app has finally hit iOS and Android. The free-to-play Pokémon title is the first to start on a Nintendo gaming system and migrate over to iPhone and other popular smartphones.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 11:05 Source

Derek Klingenberg makes viral videos. His “What Does The Fox Say?” parody, “What Does The Farmer Say?” has over six million views, and his earnest “Serenading the cattle with my trombone (Lorde - Royals)” from last year currently has over nine million views. Yesterday, Klingenberg added another title to his viral media presence: drone fisherman.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 10:58 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax Media has hit back hard at Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton’s, claim yesterday that it was actively trying to “bring the government down” and was conducting “a bit of a jihad” against the Government. Fairfax’s Mark Kenny has described Dutton’s whinge as “like a recurring wave of nausea” from a “faultering

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Delimiter Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 10:40 Source

You may recall how earlier this week it was revealed that Dyson Heydon, former High Court judge and now head of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, had admitted he did not use a computer at either of his offices and did not know how to send and receive emails. Well, the plot thickens.

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New Matilda Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 10:27 Source

Understanding why our climate is changing is the key to understanding why it matters. Dr John Price breaks it down in simple language for you.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 10:26 Source

By Leith van Onselen From The AFR’s Karen Maley comes a report that China’s authorities are stepping-up action to prevent money from being illegally transferred out of the country: On Tuesday, the People’s Bank of China, announced changes that will make it more expensive for investors to hedge against further drops in the Chinese yuan

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Delimiter Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 10:21 Source

New polling data released over the past several weeks has shown that national support for Labor’s version of the National Broadband Network is weakening, in the context that Australians appear to strongly approve of the job that Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Communications Minister.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 09:57 Source

Do super-sized supermarkets cause obesity?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 09:54 Source

by Chris Becker Thar she blows….Aussie dollar cracks 70 and goes into the 69 handle against the USD just before the ASX200 open: Whocoodanode?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 09:40 Source

By Leith van Onselen Despite virtually all corners urging superannuation reform, Treasurer Joe Hockey is holding firm to Tony Abbott’s “captain’s call” that the Government would never raise taxes on superannuation, arguing instead that making changes would depress household consumption: “We are reluctant to touch superannuation because at the moment superannuants are getting very low

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 09:16 Source

Dyson Heydon has earned, if I’ve got this right, 33,600 dollars since he pronounced himself innocent of all bias on Monday.

He will earn 11,200 tomorrow and 11,200 on Friday.

This sum, spent elsewhere, might have saved another Luke Batty from being murdered. Or two Aboriginal teenagers from suiciding in prison.

Dysons need is greater, however. And the 140,000 he has earned since he was accused of bias was much, much better spent.

If you believe that, you’ll believe anything.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 09:10 Source

by Chris Becker After looking at a myriad of charts over the years, one has always struck me as being both extremely interesting and potentially – rare in technical analysis – predictable. I refer to the long term chart of stalwart staple, Woolworths (WOW): What makes the chart so interesting is the share price of

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 09:02 Source

By Leith van Onselen Canada and Australia have a lot in common. Both economies are commodity exporters. Both countries have experienced high rates of immigration. Both countries largely dodged the global recession that shocked the developed world. Both are said to have world-beating banking systems. Both nations have amongst the developed world’s most expensive housing, when measured and against

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New Matilda Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 08:55 Source

When a psychology professor used a game to simulate real world global politics, then threw a few hard right-wingers in the mix, the results were startling. Back in the real world, Dr Lissa Johnson looks at the collision of government and fantasy in Team Australia.

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