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Renew Economy Friday, August 18, 2017 - 13:12 Source

We love this winter-time image of the solar powered Smythesdale Antique shop – and the message that it sends.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:56 Source

From Domainfax: Nick Xenophon will let the High Court decide his fate if it is confirmed he is a dual citizen, with the key Senate crossbencher determined to dig in and not resign from the Senate. Senator Xenophon is urgently seeking clarification from the British Home Office over his citizenship status after questions were raised about his father’s nationality.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:52 Source

CSIRO spin-off raises $50m in IPO, finalising finance for world-leading wind, solar, battery storage project in north Queensland.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:35 Source

By Martin North, cross-posted from the Digital Finance Analytics Blog: We had significant reaction to yesterday’s post on the “normal” status of high household debt. So today we take the argument further using data from the RBA Household Balance Sheet series (E1) and the recent ABS data on income growth. The traditional argument trotted out

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

When the sun disappears behind the moon on Monday, scientists will be ready. The astrophysics of the eclipse are known, so for space watchers it will be a time to relax and partake in the strange beauty of day gone suddenly dark. For the atmospheric scientist however, the eclipse provides a shining opportunity to directly study how the sun influences weather patterns by heating the atmosphere. To that end, a team of researchers from Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska is going to spend Monday tracking changes in the atmosphere in the path of the eclipse.

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Your bartender was right, according to a study released today in the journal Scientific Reports. When it comes to whiskey, a touch of dilution improves the solution. Diluting your whiskey with water makes it more flavorful, especially if it's Scotch.

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Look, do what you want with your pubic hair. Shave it off, give it a coconut oil hair mask, braid it, bedazzle it, whatever. Do what makes you feel good. But for heaven's sake, be safe when you're doing it.

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

I have a confession to make: I may not go see the total eclipse. And one way or another, I've decided to stop agonizing over that decision. It's really not a big deal.

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Henry David Thoreau once said that a glass of beer would “naturalize a man at once — which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.”

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a barred-spiral, making its way through space like a twirling baton with streamers on each end, carefree. It's a shape that we all know and love. Nothing wrong with that, barred spirals are great. But other galactic shapes are far more mysterious and intriguing to astronomers.

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

There's a decent chance you'll get some kind of cancer at some point. If you're a man, your odds are one in two. If you're a woman, one in three. Your risk of dying from cancer is only slightly lower: one in four and one in five, respectively.

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Part of the reason we take our (or at least, the US's) technological superiority for granted, when it comes to military gear, is aircraft carriers. The US has 10 proper ones, 9 sort-of ones, and everyone else has, well, they do their best. Now China is starting to do better.

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

If you can send a spacecraft to the moon and loop around our natural satellite one time, or—even better—gently set a rover down on the lunar surface, there could be money in it for you. $4.75 million, to be precise.

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

On Monday, at 12:31 pm Eastern time, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on a resupply flight for the International Space Station, and among its cargo, in addition to ice cream, was something else very cool: a supercomputer.

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

You can see how volcanoes tend to spring up along the edges of plates, though it's admittedly challenging given the terrible color scheme here...

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Popular Science Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Raise your fin if you've got alcohol flowing out of your gills

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:34 Source

It think we can call this brand damage, via The Australian: Six transactions by five customers made through Commonwealth Bank’s intelligent deposit ATMs may have financed terrorism, Austrac has alleged. …Mr Clark said prosecution was “not something we take lightly”. …Asked whether the allegations listed in the 600-page statement of claim against CBA werer exhaustive,

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:05 Source

Chinese house prices are slowing. The month on month gain in July was 0.4% and year on year was down to 9.4%: Top tier cities are sinking swiftly towards zero while lower tier growth is easing off: The number of cities with falling prices rose to 14 out of 70 and is slowly trending up:

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Renew Economy Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:36 Source

AGL Energy secures PPA of below $60/MWh for 453MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm, to be built in Queensland by 2019 after reaching financial close Thursday. AGL chief says deal signals private sector's readiness to invest in Australian renewables – but warns policy certainty still vital.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:31 Source

Check this out from SBS’s The Feed: Not funny. Sad. Here’s what Dick Smith has had to say about the SBS attacks on him: And, most ironically, the launch of his recent report into the roll that population growth is playing in inflating away the fulfillment of Australian youth’s most basic need: a roof over their heads:

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Harrangue Man Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:21 Source

Donald Trump has doubled down on appeasing his base by declaring statues of Confederate heroes to be totes beaut and should remain in public. That to destroy these statues, or displace them, is to deny them to those who love them and to deny history.Won't someone think of the hate statues?!Of course art's beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:08 Source

Australian battery company Redflow Limited has today announced it has established a company in Thailand to manage production of its zinc-bromine flow batteries in South East Asia.

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Your Democracy Friday, August 18, 2017 - 10:41 Source

the art of politics

Politics is an art form like religion and painting nudes. Religion is calcified artistic imagination. Politics is fluid and some people describe it as a science but to tell the truth, there's more sociopathy in politics than of sciences. And this is unfortunate. This sorry state of affairs is mostly due to our ability to con people and to be conned by people. 

Quoting Gus Leonisky:

 

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 10:05 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian’s Adam Creighton has penned an interesting article today arguing that Australian real wages growth is likely to receive a short-term artificial reprieve thanks to the minimum wages decision and upcoming changes to the way the consumer price index (CPI) is calculated: Here’s a prediction for you. The workers’ run

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xkcd.com Friday, August 18, 2017 - 10:00 Source

You shouldn't look directly at a partial eclipse because of the damage that can be caused by improperly aligning the solar-lunar orbital plane with the orbital bones around your eye.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 09:53 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 09:46 Source

Via Macquarie:  China’s latest macro-release this week gave an ambiguous picture on the health of the economy. Conflicting signals from June and July numbers, between macro and micro data, and with respect to liquidity vs money supply are just some of the issues. We see the property market slowing in 2H but FAI picking

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 09:17 Source

Via NAB forex: The positive outlook that we have identified in the recent months has shifted to a new level upon the July breakout close above key resistance levels. Both price and momentum triggers remain positive at a LT level. Recent negative price and ST/MT momentum triggers highlight risk of a further correction towards 0.7710/30.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 09:11 Source

A good piece from The Australian today by Roger Wilkins who is a former secretary of the federal Attorney-General’s Department: On a literal interpretation of section 44, it seems pretty clear that Joyce was not qualified to be elected. He was a citizen of a “foreign power”: New Zealand. The section says the “citizen of a

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 18, 2017 - 09:05 Source

Via UBS: Reporting Season Progress Report Underwhelming Guidance Sees FY18 Estimates Crimped So far 73 members of the ASX200 have officially reported (47 large caps and 26 small caps). This represents c40% of ASX200 companies due to report in August though large-cap reporting season has now edged past the half way mark. Overall we believe

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