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Renew Economy Friday, May 20, 2016 - 14:19 Source

The economic and technological challenges presented by climate change shouldn’t be underestimated. We all need to pitch in.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 20, 2016 - 13:58 Source

Australian households will not just be supplying much of their own electricity consumption in the future. The combined capacity of their storage and solar will play a critical role in managing peak demand and grid security in an energy system that will look little like today's.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 20, 2016 - 13:49 Source

A Western Power survey has shown that an overwhelming majority its regional electricity customers were open to quitting the grid.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 20, 2016 - 13:38 Source

US SunShot program, which aims to make solar PV cost-competitive with conventional generation by 2020, has published eight reports detailing progress to date and the challenges that lie ahead.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 20, 2016 - 13:34 Source

Report says Tasmania rooftop solar power worth nearly 3x what it's currently valued at, and this is stopping growth that could bolster energy security.

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Delimiter Friday, May 20, 2016 - 13:33 Source

Australia's peak media union has described last night's Australian Federal Police raids as an "attack on press freedom", stating that the action by the NBN company and law enforcement represented a "disturbing new twist in pursuit of whistleblowers and legitimate public interest journalism".

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Jack the Insider Friday, May 20, 2016 - 13:33 Source

How times have changed. Back in April 2013 the then Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, in the company of his Communications spokesman, Malcolm Turnbull pledged, “At…

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Renew Economy Friday, May 20, 2016 - 13:32 Source

New analysis suggests just 5 years of CO2 emissions at current levels would use up global carbon budget – our buffer to dangerous climate change.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 20, 2016 - 13:31 Source

Dow Chemical, one of world’s biggest industrial energy consumers, signs more deals to power its manufacturing facilities with renewable energy.

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Delimiter Friday, May 20, 2016 - 13:09 Source

An angry Bill Shorten has blasted Malcolm Turnbull for what he said was the Prime Minister's attempts to stop the public from knowing the "truth" about the National Broadband Network, which the Opposition Leader said had become a "national disgrace" under Turnbull's watch.

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Drag0nista's Blog Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:32 Source

The beginning of the campaign was all education, healthcare, negative gearing and badly behaved banks. That's Labor territory -- so it took a far-right Abbottista to bring the conversation back to solid Coalition ground.

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Delimiter Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:31 Source

The Australian Federal Police today said there had been zero political influence on the seven month investigation into damaging leaks from the NBN company which yesterday culminated in raids on Labor Party offices, with the Government itself only being told about the investigation yesterday.

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Delimiter Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:44 Source

Australian firm NEXTDC Limited has announced the acquisition of two new data centre sites in Melbourne and Brisbane, representing a combined investment of $160 million for the firm.

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Delimiter Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:41 Source

Australian digital marketing agency Web Marketing Experts (WME) has announced that it will add 70 new jobs at its new Melbourne headquarters over the next 12 months – a figure that includes staff at its mobile-focused subsidiary Appscore.

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Delimiter Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:34 Source

The Australian Greens have announced a plan aimed to assist solar-powered households on Queensland's Sunshine Coast with the costs of installing battery storage, and encourage a shift towards "clean energy".

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Delimiter Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:25 Source

Delimiter has reportedly been named in a search warrant issued by the Australian Federal Police authorising raids on a number of premises to seek documents related to a spate of damaging leaks which have come from within the NBN company over the past year.

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TPS Extra Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:00 Source

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:42 Source

We know that CBS' new, still-untitled Star Trek series will premiere in January 2017, both on television and CBS' streaming service All Access. We know after the first episode, one episode will come out per week exclusively on All Access, which costs $5.99 per month. We know the show will TV series creator Bryan FullerHannibalbe run by , who worked on both Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (DS9) and Star Trek: Voyager.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:42 Source

Imagine a world where wildlife drawn to six-pack rings aren't slowly killed, but treated to a delicious snack.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

Today, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) announced the winners of its Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge, which was designed to create an easily wearable monitor for alcohol research studies, or personal use to monitor drinking.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

Humans have only flown for a few centuries. Balloons, the earliest human fliers, were not what anyone would call fast. Airplanes, first flown in 1903, started slow, and even now, the majority of human flight is subsonic, with only the highest-end military jets regularly clearing the sound barrier.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

A multitude of Hyperloop projects are springing up across the country, at startups and universities.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

A Harvard-turned-MIT researcher and his colleagues just dropped some pretty cool Spider-Man tech in the latest issue of Science magazine: surface clinging via "electrostatic adhesion." It's a widely applicable breakthrough that will, for instance, keep future robots perched while they wait for instructions.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

Yesterday at Google's I/O developers conference, CEO Sundar Pichai briefly spoke about a custom-built chip that helps give Google its edge in machine learning and artificial intelligence. The chip, dubbed a TPU or Tensor Processing Unit (in keeping with Google's A.I. platform TensorFlow), is specifically wrought for running Google's decision-making algorithms. Most companies like Facebook and Microsoft use GPUs for their machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

Nature surrounds itself in kindling and expects to burn. The North American plains benefit from periodic fires, and to maintain that balance, U.S. Forest Service regularly prescribes burns because they “reduce hazardous fuels, protecting human communities from extreme fires, minimize the spread of pest insects and disease, remove unwanted species that threaten species native to an ecosystem.” Setting those fires can be risky for humans, which is why a team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln designed a drone to do the job.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

Ah, summer. The season of waterballoons, and trampolines, and... both at the same time? Sure why not.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

The robot looked at the woods and saw a home. Cameras scanned the trees and algorithms plotted the shape of the wood, finding the center lines and individual strength.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

"Augmented reality" is a phrase that you've probably come across if you read Popular Science. It's kind of a loose, ill-fitting blanket term, but it basically refers to technologies that layer digital images and information over a person's view of the real world (instead of virtual reality, which cuts you off from the real world and replaces it with an entirely virtual one).

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

Over three billion years ago, Mars had water. A lot more water than it has now.

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Popular Science Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:40 Source

Glasses and contacts will become a lot more common in the next few decades, as will cataracts, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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