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Renew Economy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 14:39 Source

Europe’s first commercial battery park, will be upgraded to become the first battery storage system in the country capable of restoring the local grid.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 14:12 Source

Indian brokers report says Adani puts Galilee Basin coal project on hold until rebound in coal prices is visible.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 14:02 Source

Early last week, the New York Department of Public Service released its proposed plan to reach 50% renewables by 2030.

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The Tally Room Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 13:44 Source

I was requested to update my Irish constituency map for the upcoming general election. I’m not planning any further coverage of the Irish election, which is due at the end of February, but if you’re interested you can download the map here.

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Your Democracy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 13:35 Source

the case for a real watch-dog ...

from Crikey…

One of the most startling cases of a government using the fig leaf of “national security” to protect its own interests is happening right before our eyes - and it should have Australians up in arms.

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Your Democracy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 13:26 Source
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Renew Economy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 13:24 Source

French owner of Victoria's Hazelwood brown coal power plant charged with breaching occupational health and safety laws over the 2014 mine fire that burned for 45 days.

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Your Democracy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 13:14 Source

grumpy pud

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 13:01 Source

From court rulings over pollution, to private power companies dumping coal projects in favour of solar, to huge stockpiles of unwanted coal, India’s energy policy is in a state of flux.

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Prosper Australia Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 13:00 Source

The Renegade Economists radio show airs 5.30pm Wednesdays on 3CR and is podcast so that you can listen at your convenience. Plug in your mp3 player and listen as you commute. For those that like an email reminder, sign up to the Mixcloud page to have the show emailed weekly. Recent shows include a Rentiers […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:44 Source

The repeated and consistent claim from both the Coalition Government and Labor Opposition is that the offshore detention regime is necessary to deter the people smugglers. Neither major party wants to see a return of asylum seekers drowning in Australian waters. Neither major party wants to encourage desperate people fleeing warzones to take the perilous…

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:35 Source

As many as 350 jobs could be cut at CSIRO, as part of "sweeping cultural changes" that will 'gut' the organisation's climate science department.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:35 Source

As many as 350 jobs could be cut at CSIRO, as part of "sweeping cultural changes" that will 'gut' the organisation's climate science department.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:04 Source

AGL cites low oil and gas prices for sudden exit from gas exploration and production, and all its coal seam gas assets. Environmentalists hail major victory, as AGL says it wants to focus on "energy evolution".

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:14 Source

It's a problem as old as time. You want to make a smiley face out of your food, but you don't want to get your hands dirty.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:14 Source

Is it a disco ball? A glowing hairball? An orb-like alien with tendrils?

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:14 Source

All 3D-printed guns are young guns. The weapon as a distinct category didn't exist before May 2013, when Defense Distributed's single-shot Liberator blasted them into existence. Before the Liberator, people printed parts and incorporated them into existing guns.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:14 Source

Soon after the Earth coalesced in the early solar system, it was hit by another planet, Theia. The collision formed the moon, but researchers are still trying to piece together exactly what happened, including what happened to Theia. For years, researchers have thought that Theia might have smashed into Earth at an angle, strong enough to obliterate Theia into little bits and create the moon. But that might not be the case. Instead, a recent study suggests that Earth might actually be a chimera of the two planets.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:13 Source

Among wrist wearables dedicated to tracking one's fitness, Fitbit's are among the most popular. Trackers like the Fitbit Flex and Charge provide workout enthusiasts with a subtle option, while the latest Fitbit Blaze more closely resembles a smartwatch. The latest addition to the family, the Fitbit Alta, looks to provide an even more visually appealing option for the company's 2016 wearable devices.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:13 Source

Google searches might get a lot smarter than they already are.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:13 Source

The year 2016 is starting to feel a bit like 1916, given the number of new, niche car companies that are popping up. Tesla did it, so why can't everyone? Companies like Arcimoto, Elio, Jannarelly, and Faraday Future are all inching ever closer to production models built outside the traditional automotive manufacturing system. Now we can add Dubuc Motors to that list.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:13 Source

Bones are a constraint. Sure, the rigid structures give us everything from from powerful legs to crushing teeth, at the modest cost of limiting the movements the body can make. This matters less to humans, as we've adapted our world pretty well to accommodate the constraints of our bones, but it matters a lot for robots, who often struggle and stumble when forced into a rigid, human frame. There is another, gentler way: instead of making robots that imitate the rigid bodies of humans, we can make them soft, with flexible tentacles like an octopus.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:13 Source

It may soon be legal in the U.S. to modify embryos using mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT). The FDA is expected to approve the procedure today, according to a press release from the National Academy of Medicine and reported by Nature News.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:13 Source

It's a fact of life: some people feel at their best waking up at the crack of dawn and going to bed on the early side, while others prefer to stay up late and sleep in. And your preference for early mornings or late nights might come down to your genes, according to a study published yesterday in Nature Communications.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:13 Source

On the last weekend in January, more than 1,000 students from 27 countries and 20 U.S. states flew into College Station, Texas for a chance to win SpaceX's first-ever Hyperloop pod design competition. The 120-plus teams gathered at Texas A&M University and pulled out all the stops to impress deep-pocketed tech companies who might turn their renderings into reality, but the ultimate prize went much further than any seed funding: a chance to build their pods and test them on SpaceX's one-mile Hyperloop test track in California.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:13 Source

It's not every day a company offers you the chance to make yourself a toy. But that's what Artec 3D's Shapify Me allows for.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:13 Source

I'm standing in the middle of the subway platform, press a button on my smartphone, and the entire world seems to melt away. Everything around me is close but silent, and suddenly I'm more a spectator of the world than a participant.

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Popular Science Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:13 Source

Japan recently made news by showing off the X-2 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Advanced Technology Demonstrator – Experimental (ATD-X),a full-scale test model of a domestically designed fifth-generation fighter, unofficially called 'ShinShin.' But on Jan. 18, China demonstrated it is well past demonstrators. At the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation factory in Sichuan, China it began the test flights on "2101", the first production J-20 stealth fighter.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:03 Source

In the 1960 US presidential elections the Kennedy camp used a photo of Nixon with the caption, “Would YOU buy a used car from this man?” to great effect. It implied that he was sleazy and full of tricks, just like those dodgy used car salesmen. Ok, ok, before I get all the used car…

The post Malcolm Turnbull – Would You Buy A Used Government From This Man? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Political Owl Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:35 Source
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