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Popular Science Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:43 Source

About a year ago, Popular Science introduced a robot into the office (the fancy Park Ave New York office, that is - Australian Ed). One of the many virtues of working at a magazine such as ours is that we’re free to test all sorts of cool stuff. So we called the guys at Suitable Technologies and asked them to send us a BeamPro, the telepresence robot made famous by Edward Snowden (no doubt, he got the idea from us).

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Popular Science Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:43 Source

Humans love their LEDs. So much so, they’re winning Nobel Prizes in physics. Given their electrical efficiency and long lifespan, these remarkable light-emitting diodes are being used more and more as primary light sources, and experts argue they could help reduce the world’s overall electricity and material consumption for lighting.

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Popular Science Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:43 Source

In a paper in Physical Biology, scientists have published the first mathematical model of how human nails grow. The researchers have found that nail health is a delicate balance between the adhesive forces that hold the nail securely in the finger, versus the nail’s movement as it slides forever forward toward the fingertip. Other factors, like thickness, biomechanical stress, and the way you trim your nails can influence whether you develop nail problems.

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New Matilda Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:25 Source

As news of the death of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam breaks this morning we want to hear from readers. What are your memories of Australia's 21st PM?

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:21 Source

By Leith van Onselen The ANZ-Roy Morgan Research (RMR) consumer confidence index fell in the week ended 19 October, falling 2.2 points (-1.9%%) to 111.6, taking it below its long-run average reading of 113.2 (see next chart). The overall fall in consumer confidence was driven by households having a more pessimistic take on their financial […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:51 Source

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New Matilda Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:48 Source

An attempt by ABC radio to provide historical background to the slaughter in Iraq missed the mark. Spectacularly. Andy Fleming explains.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:37 Source

(From Letters to the Future, 1977)

Come let us mock at the great
That had such burdens on the mind
And toiled so hard and late
To leave some monument behind,
Nor thought of the levelling wind.

Come let us mock at the wise;
With all those calendars whereon
They fixed old aching eyes,
They never saw how seasons run,
And now but gape at the sun.

Come let us mock at the good
That fancied goodness might be gay,
And sick of solitude
Might proclaim a holiday:
Wind shrieked – and where are they?

– W.B. Yeats, ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen’

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:32 Source

Life is a series of choices and decisions.  Within the constraints of time and finite resources, decision makers must learn to prioritise – to decide what is most important.

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Ambit Gambit Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:30 Source

When you can’t play the ball, kick the man in the groin – that’s the iron rule of Green Left politics these days. So if the federal government commissions an inquiry which states the bleeding obvious – that there is not enough Western literature or culture in the national curriculum and too much indigenous – […]

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The Tally Room Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:15 Source

Clarinda1-2PPClarinda is a Labor seat in south-eastern Melbourne. Clarinda is a new name for the former seat of Clayton, and covers Clarinda, Clayton South, Heatherton and Oakleigh and parts of Bentleigh East, Cheltenham, Clayton, Springvale and Springvale South.

Hong Lim has held Clayton since 1996, and is running again in Clarinda in 2014. Clarinda has a Labor margin of 12.4%.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:11 Source

From the AFR: “Our father, Gough Whitlam, has died this morning at the age of 98,” a statement issued by his children on Tuesday morning said. “A loving and generous father, he was a source of inspiration to us and our families and for millions of Australians.” Mr Whitlam was prime minister from 1972 until […]

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New Matilda Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:08 Source

The emergence of vile emails from a university professor joking about rape, and encouraging more, has inspired Andee Jones to turn her mind to the troubles of men.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:05 Source

I will put up several of my pieces on Gough on this and on Ellis Gold in the next two days, and add, I guess, a new piece here. I should as well complete my piece on Margaret’s funeral.

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The Idiot Tax Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 09:00 Source

Over the weekend, the journalists from Domain, the parasite that ate the Fairfax host, dared to dream. And it was a big dream. A million bucks. If they had it, what would they spend it on? The...

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:55 Source

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Hoyden About Town Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:54 Source

The giants who strode the political landscape of my youth are toppling one by one, leaving only gnats swarming over the entrails of serious political principles while Big Money shakes shiny things at us all, politicians very much included.

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Croakey Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:40 Source

It seems that the relationship that doctors have with pharmaceutical companies is under increasing scrutiny.  As evidence mounts on the impact of pharmaceutical marketing techniques on prescribing, there is an increasing push for transparency. While...

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New Matilda Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:39 Source

A young university student at the centre of the Whitehouse Institute secret scholarship story is facing up to two years jail. Max Chalmers reports.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:34 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:33 Source

From The Australian: THREE out of five Australians are in favour of Tony Abbott confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 when he visits Australia next month. But despite endorsing the Prime Minister’s tough talk, the latest Newspoll, taken exclusively for The Australian, shows overall support for the ­Coalition has […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:19 Source

Experts said MH 17 was shot down by Ukrainians not Russians, which meant Abbott, when he ‘shirtfronted’ Putin, would have to apologise to him in Brisbane, and meekly shake his hand. Bronwyn Bishop called off her persecution of women in burqas, and, asked if Abbott had told her to call it off, said, ‘No.’ Abbott said she had, which meant, if protocol was followed, he or she would have to resign.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:02 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 06:58 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 05:24 Source

Find below an excerpt from a Michael Pettis post that pretty much captures everything that MB has been arguing since it was created (in part thanks to Michael Pettis!) After last week’s tumultuous markets one of my clients sent me an email saying “I am so relieved your constant talk about worsening imbalances kept us […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 05:08 Source

The Wall Street Journal has a report from the Conference Board on a slowing China: China’s growth will slow sharply during the coming decade to 3.9% as its productivity nose dives and the country’s leaders fail to push through tough measures to remake the economy, according to a report expected to come out Monday. …Foreign […]

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Club Troppo Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 01:09 Source

A Tale of Repetition: Lessons from Florida Restaurant Inspections
by Ginger Zhe Jin, Jungmin Lee – #20596 (IO)

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 01:01 Source

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:18 Source

Metgasco Managing Director Peter Henderson gave evidence in Metgasco Limited v Minister for Resources and Energy (Case # 201400165970) before the NSW Supreme Court on 20 October 2014.ABC News reported on the same day:Managing Director Peter Henderson told the Supreme Court drilling at the Rosella well was not in order to find coal seam gas but rather "conventional" gas.But he agreed there was community concern the extraction could involve fracking.Mr Henderson could not recall police at one stage telling him there may have

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