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MacroBusiness Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen Find below Westpac’s preview of the September quarter consumer price index (CPI), which is due to be released by the ABS on Wednesday: Westpac is forecasting a 0.6%qtr rise (2.4%yr) in the headline CPI in the September quarter. September is historically a seasonally strong quarter due, in part, to the annual […]

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Jack the Insider Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:15 Source

THE Australian has obtained recordings of 80 lectures of the self-appointed “emir” of Melbourne’s al-Furqan Islamic Centre. While we should…

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Renew Economy Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:14 Source

New European analysis finds solar and wind could achieve grid parity in Turkey by 2018; solar in Spain by 2021, Portugal by 2022 and Italy by 2025.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:02 Source

Companies critical of fossil fuel divestment should take responsibility for better valuing and reporting their environmental and social impacts.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:48 Source

Non-hydro renewables increased electricity output by 8.6 TWh over first 9 months of 2014, making them Germany's number one power source for the first time.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:45 Source

New report says asset value of NSW networks needs to be written down by nearly half so they can compete with rooftop solar. If they don’t, consumers will be forced to pay more, many will leave the grid, and the assets will end up being stranded.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:45 Source

New report says asset value of NSW networks needs to be written down by nearly half so they can compete with rooftop solar. If they don’t, consumers will be forced to pay more, many will leave the grid, and the assets will end up being stranded.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:44 Source

For utilities, electric vehicle uptake could boost electricity demand and balance a changing grid. On the flip-side, it could help drive households off grid.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:44 Source

For utilities, electric vehicle uptake could boost electricity demand and balance a changing grid. On the flip-side, it could help drive households off grid.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:41 Source

  By Martin North, cross-posted from the Digital Finance Analytics Blog We have been looking in detail at recent trends in housing refinance, by using a combination of the recently released ABS data and results from the DFA surveys. There is an interesting story to tell here. So today we explore the refinancing landscape. First […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:13 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Economist has published a neat new chart showing the extent of global wealth inequality, drawing on data from Credit Suisse’s latest global wealth report: According to The Economist: GLOBAL wealth has increased from $117 trillion in 2000 to $262 trillion this year. That comes to $56,000 for each adult on […]

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xkcd.com Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:00 Source

When putting his kids to bed, after saying 'Goodnight', Obama has to stop himself from saying 'God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.'

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En Passant Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:20 Source

Me in today’s Illawarra Mercury. [Dumb headline in the online version. The print version just says students rally over uni costs.]

Organiser John Passant, a casual tutor in the school of Humanities and Social Inquiry, told the rally university degrees should be free.

“If it’s the community and business that are getting those benefits of higher education, maybe it’s business that should be paying for higher education and not students,” he said.

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Croakey Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:14 Source

“Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States, was not the right kind of victim for the west” – because he was black, poor and African. This argument is made by black feminist writer Hannah Giorgis...

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AusOpinion Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:00 Source

Barry Spurr's racist e-mails will call into question Pyne's curriculum review and the principle of academic freedom, writes Mark Fletcher.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:57 Source

By Leith van Onselen Dr Tim Williams, chief ­executive of the Committee for Sydney, yesterday gave an extraordinary speech to the National Growth Areas ­Alliance Congress in Adelaide, arguing that Australia’s cities have become the “orphans of public policy” and demanded that they receive a greater share of public funding for infrastructure. From The AFR: […]

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Popular Science Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:24 Source

After more than 10 years of traveling through space, the Rosetta spacecraft -- the first space vehicle to travel to a comet -- is finally taking a load off. Well, part of it is, anyway.

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Popular Science Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:24 Source

More than 30 people who have been paralyzed by spinal-cord injuries could soon get an experimental treatment that involves sending electric currents to their spines. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is raising funds to add volunteers to an ongoing study of the treatment.

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Popular Science Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:24 Source

Science chases progress. Researchers live under pressure from grant agencies, their peers, and the public to produce exciting results. New finds make headlines; checking old work usually does not. But when a recent study of human behavior by Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton failed to reproduce a result from the authors' earlier research, they published a paper in the online journal PLOS ONE saying so. The response has been almost unanimously positive.

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Popular Science Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:24 Source

Can you tell the difference between robot fish and real ones? You can take this online test to find out. Here's the catch: For every question, both fish schools are rendered as green dots on the screen. It's just that one set of dots corresponds to the actual movements of Pacific Blue Eye fish researchers filmed. The other set of dots moves according to algorithms researchers wrote.

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Popular Science Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:24 Source

It sounds practically perfect in every way, but there’s still a considerable amount of time and research that needs to happen before we send astronauts off to Mars via the shores of sleep. The technology that SpaceWorks is looking at is a form of therapeutic hypothermia that will drop the temperature of the astronauts’ bodies by just 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit, reducing their metabolism and putting them in a kind of hibernation. “It doesn’t take much to get the body to start slowing down,” says John Bradford, President of SpaceWorks Enterprises. 

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Popular Science Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:24 Source

Human eyes can't (or at least shouldn't) look directly at the sun, but NASA's IRIS can. The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph mission is the latest to fly into space to observe the solar atmosphere. Now, a little more than a year after it launched, the satellite has sent back a complex picture of a special region of the sun, just below its corona.

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Popular Science Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:24 Source

While most of the recent coverage of the ongoing Ebola outbreak has focused on rising death tolls and a few infected U.S. citizens, other segments of the population have passed mostly unnoticed from the harsh glare of the media spotlight: Survivors, and those who are seemingly immune to Ebola. 

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Popular Science Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:24 Source

How thin can an electrical generator possibly be? Thanks to a study published yesterday in Nature, the answer is about as thin as possible. Using molybdenum disulfide, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Columbia Engineering proved that a layer just an atom thick can generate an electric charge.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:20 Source

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The Tally Room Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:15 Source

Footscray1-2PPFootscray is a safe Labor seat covering Braybrook, Footscray, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Tottenham and West Footscray in western Melbourne.

Footscray has been held by the ALP’s Marsha Thomson since 2006. Thomson holds the seat by a 16% margin. The seat has been held by Labor continuously since 1927.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:47 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:27 Source

Jackie Kelly, a Howard minister and ‘favourite’, resigned from the Liberal Party, saying how horrible it was. Xxxx, a Liberal member, resigned from her Maitland seat, boasting that she was the one that ICAC, amazingly, had not thought corrupt. Bronwyn Bishop, an Abbott favourite (‘I am her love-child’), lost her bid to be President of the Intra-Parliamentary Union because of her farcical bias as Speaker of the House and her previous wish, perhaps, that Mandela be hanged.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:18 Source

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Your Democracy Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:15 Source

the village idiot .....

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says coal is "good for humanity" and will be the "world's main energy source for decades to come" as he opened a new $3.9 billion coal mine in central Queensland.

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