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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

On June 16, 1968, Joe Kerwin, Vance Brand, and Joe Engle climbed into and were sealed inside their Apollo command module. Over the next seven days they lived off their onboard systems and consumables as they slowly rotated to ensure even heating across the spacecraft's skin. They emerged seven days later bearded and tired but happy. Their mission had been, by and large, successful, though they hadn't left the Earth. The crew of 2TV-1 had “flown” their mission in a massive vacuum chamber.

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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

Launching a ballistic missile is a solved problem. It was first solved in World War II, when German V-2 rockets flew over 220 miles to rain death on the United Kingdom. During the Cold War, the potential to deliver a nuclear attack with a missile fired from one side of the globe to another led to an arms race, a massive nuclear stockpile, and the category of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, or ICBMs.

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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

This year we saw a solar-powered plane circumnavigate the globe and a solar-powered boat gear up to do the same. As of last week, we can add to that list of clean energy marvels the first-ever piloted flight of a solar-powered helicopter.

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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

A new company called Skynet has made an anti-drone weapon shaped like a gun. It's really just a pair of big antennas that weigh roughly 12.5 pounds and have a range of 1.25 miles (without interference). But the anti-drone rifle can jam GPS signals to a quadcopter, and shut its camera off, causing the hovering drone to land. Read more about it here.

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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

Speed wins over competence in the pigeon world: The fastest, not the smartest, pigeons become leaders of the flock. But a new study published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters shows potential for a coup in the coop when the head pigeon flies astray.

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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

You can tell by the way I use my walk, I'm aggressive and overly exaggerate my gait.

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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

How many new fossil species have been discovered this year? Enough to vote for favorites.

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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

Attention everyone who's smugly proclaimed that they "just don't need a full night's sleep." You might have fooled us coffee-chuggers before, but now there's evidence that you're not quite superhuman.

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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

In life and death situations, a robot gives police options. Last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, in a standoff with an attempted murder suspect, did something unusual: they waited him out, and then sent in a robot to disarm the suspect. With the man's gun gone, the standoff ended peacefully.

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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

SpaceX is grounded after a Falcon 9 rocket caught fire on the launch pad on September 1. Yet despite the fact that CEO Elon Musk has called the explosion “the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years,” SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell expects the company might resume launching rockets in November.

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Popular Science Monday, September 19, 2016 - 15:24 Source

When we get sick, there may be a time for starving and a time for stuffing. Depending on the type of infection plaguing us, fasting may be helpful -- or it may be harmful, an experiment in mice indicates.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 14:23 Source

Eucalyptus oils from certain gum tree species could be refined to make high energy jet fuel, an ANU study has found.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 14:17 Source

The average margin for a rooftop solar installation in the United States market is 40 per cent. In Australia, some installers are struggle to get into double figures. Consumers aren't complaining though.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 13:52 Source

South Australia electricity price falls; Infigen Energy gives up 30%; why biggest gas pipeline operator is no saint; and the big questions over Victoria renewable energy target.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 13:52 Source

South Australia electricity price falls; Infigen Energy gives up 30%; why biggest gas pipeline operator is no saint; and the big questions over Victoria renewable energy target.

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Harrangue Man Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:38 Source

I tried to get the backyard tap to work but the automatic watering system that was bolted onto it defeated me. No matter the setting I picked I could not get the water to come the fuck out. I started unscrewing the system so as to bolt the hose directly to the tap with my trembling, coordination-robbed hands, thought better of it knowing I lacked the dexterity to put it back or even connect the hose to the tap at all, then screwed it all back up and left it.I felt utterly useless. I started crying in the kitchen because I couldn't do a basic task and shouted I was useless.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:24 Source

Sun Brilliance wants its solar plant to become a visitor complex for weddings, parties ... and a nice cuppa tea. Now, why didn't coal fired power stations think of that?

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:23 Source

Redflow says first ZCell residential battery storage systems to be delivered to customers next month after first shipment of batteries arrived in Australia on Sunday.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:12 Source

Continued technological advancements are expected to continue reducing the cost of wind energy, according to a new survey of leading wind experts.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:11 Source

Tesla wins contract to install 20MW/80MWh Powerpack for Southern California Edison Mira Loma Substation.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 10:55 Source

What happens when a climate science denialist gets things badly, horribly, terribly, and embarrassingly wrong.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 19, 2016 - 10:30 Source

By Bob Rafto Dear Pauline, You have been derided on social media and in the mainstream media as a fact-free redneck from Queensland on just about everything you espouse. However, I ask that you could just take a little time and consider what I feel, as you ask of others to consider how you feel.…

The post Dear Pauline – Let Me Explain appeared first on The AIM Network.

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xkcd.com Monday, September 19, 2016 - 10:00 Source

* Mad about jorts

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:49 Source

University of Queensland to add 200kW RedFlow zinc bromine battery to its world-leading solar research facility to test how it helps renewables interact with the grid.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:49 Source

University of Queensland to add 200kW RedFlow zinc bromine battery to its world-leading solar research facility to test how it helps renewables interact with grid.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:49 Source

University of Queensland to add 200kW RedFlow zinc bromine battery to its world-leading solar research facility to test how it helps renewables interact with grid.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:37 Source

The one-metre overtaking law sends the message that cycling matters, is here to stay, is going to get bigger, and motorists must adapt their behaviour and attitudes Shouldn’t every state have a one-metre cycling law?

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Skepticlawyer Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:19 Source

As one contemplates the rise in anti-immigration parties in Europe, and the fraught politics of immigration in the US, it is very striking how little political angst Australia’s very high level of immigration has caused. True, the nationalist One Nation Party recently scored 4 Senators in the 2016 Federal Election, but that was on 4.3% of the national vote.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:00 Source

At the risk of earning a Godwin Award in the first sentence, according to those who staffed his office, Hitler was a kind and paternal man. Apparently Goebbels was kind to his family as are no doubt most of the world’s leaders today. However, the same people who make sure they are kind to their…

The post It’s all about me appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Delimiter Monday, September 19, 2016 - 08:48 Source

The Labor Party has hit out at what it calls Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's "broken promises" over the NBN rollout and listed a number of perceived "stuff-ups" during his first year of office.

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