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New Matilda Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:09 Source

The problem of people seeking asylum is not going to disappear, so greater focus needs to be on solutions at the source, writes Paul Power.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:06 Source

ChargePoint and Green Charge link batteries and public EV chargers to limit demand charges and make loads more flexible.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:06 Source

Owners of 1967 Sydney office building tap $1.2m local government-backed loan for efficiency upgrade that will cut energy use by 60%.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:05 Source

New 6.4kWh system from LG Chem brings costs at top end of the range down towards $1,000kWh, reinforcing the growing wedge between solar and storage and grid prices.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:04 Source

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a more efficient way to produce the fuel needed to keep fuel cells going — namely, hydrogen.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:04 Source

US Department of Energy announces $12 million in new research grants this month to learn the potential of the Atlantic sea floor to sequester carbon.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:03 Source

By Leith van Onselen The ANZ has lifted home loan rates on all variable investor mortgages by 0.27% and by 0.30% on new fixed investor mortgages in response to APRA’s 10% speed limit on investor credit growth. From The AFR: The change is significant because while other banks have reduced discounts for new investors, this

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:03 Source

Achieving Labor's 50 per cent renewables market share by 2030 is clearly possible given Australia’s resource base and installation capability. Here's how.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:03 Source

The ALP's 50% renewables promise has drawn the expected response from government about rising electricity prices. But what would the impact really be?

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WixxyLeaks Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 14:26 Source

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It’s safe to say that Noreen Hay has been having a dog of a time the last few months. However things don’t appear to be about to improve for the Labor MP for Wollongong that has found herself at the centre of controversy for the last decade and has been a part of nearly every NSW Labor scandal over the same period.

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New Matilda Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 14:26 Source

It doesn't get much dumber than our irrational fear of an enemy on the other side of the planet. Michael Brull explains. 

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 14:19 Source

By Leith van Onselen From The AFR comes news that the Abbott Government will take a hike in the GST to the next election, but only if it is part of a broader reform package and not merely a revenue raising exercise: Mr Abbott… said he preferred changing the GST as part of a broader

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 13:37 Source

Shades of Australia, as UK Tories justify potentially crippling cuts to key solar subsidies by linking them to rising electricity costs.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 13:31 Source

By David Collyer, cross-posted from Prosper Australia: The Property Council of Australia (PCA) is out in The AFR calling for a 12.5 per cent GST, a universal land tax of 0.25 per cent and a cut in company tax to 27 per cent. This may seem a useful way forward in the tax reform debate,

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Delimiter Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 13:21 Source

Huawei appears to have become increasingly successful at collaborating with senior figures in the Coalition, as the party gradually warms up to the Chinese manufacturer’s advances.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 13:12 Source

Big iron ore is looking very shaky today after last night’s London pounding and weakening spot. BHP is down -3% and RIO -2% with FMG down -6% and at the verge of new post-GFC lows despite an impressive quarterly update: Idiocy spreads are now galloping closed (or in FMG’s case the smart spread is widening): Juniors

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New Matilda Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:59 Source

In an interview in the Irish press, Hall vowed violence against law-breakers in the town. Max Chalmers reports.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:57 Source

From the WSJ: Bridgewater Associates LP, one of Wall Street’s more outspoken bulls on China, told investors this week that the country’s recent stock-market rout will likely have broad, far-reaching repercussions. “Our views about China have changed,” Bridgewater’s billionaire founder, Raymond Dalio, wrote with colleagues in a note sent to clients earlier this week. “There

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Jack the Insider Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:57 Source

Poor old Reclaim Australia can’t take a trick. First Barnesy told them to leave Cold Chisel tracks off their mix tapes and now John Farnham…

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:56 Source

By Leith van Onselen With state premiers currently meeting with the Abbott Government in Canberra to discuss the federation, there is much speculation about whether an agreement can be struck on tax reform, health and education, to ensure that the federal system meets the needs of the population into the future. While commentators often get hung-up

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:50 Source

From the AFR: The lack of alternative feedstocks for chemical production and their exposure to international competition means that sector will bear the heaviest toll from the rising prices, caused by the surge in growth in LNG exports. But the metals and steel manufacturing sectors and wood, pulp and paper manufacturers are also set to wear

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Croakey Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:12 Source

Hopes for more humane asylum seeker policies in Australia took a blow last night with confirmation that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants this weekend’s Labor national conference to endorse turning back boats. Whether he prevails remains to be...

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Delimiter Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:03 Source

Westpac’s top technologist has issued a sharp warning to the nation’s corporate, educational and political sectors, placing them on notice that Australia is not prepared for the ongoing digital revolution that will see many workplaces completely shaken up and jobs taken by computers.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:54 Source

Ocean science nerds cleaned up nicely for the announcement of the winners of the second Wendy Schmidt Ocean XPrize on Monday night, their fancy attire a far cry from the salt-encrusted clothing they wore as they stepped off the R/V Kilo Moana after the final round of trials. In an XPrize first, one team took first place in both purses, pulling in a total of $1.5 million.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:54 Source

The thought of having needles inserted into your body may sound stressful. But to those who regularly receive acupuncture treatments, it's quite relaxing, though scientists haven't really been sure why. Now researchers from Georgetown University have found that needles placed at just the right parts of the body interrupt the transmission of stress hormones—the most robust evidence yet to indicate that acupuncture's positive effects go beyond just placebo.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:54 Source

Although there's no doubt that music preferences change over time and are shaped by social factors like what our friends listen to and where we live, research has shown that our musical preferences is closely linked to our personality—from how conscientious to how neurotic we are.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:54 Source

From the second we're born, our cells are given their marching orders for how to grow, mature, and maintain our bodies. But at a certain point, the repairs become faulty, and we age and eventually die. Now a team of Korean researchers has found a way to modify a particular type of enzyme in roundworms to double their lifespan—and they suspect the same mechanisms might work in humans.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:54 Source

3D printing on the nanoscale--which could lead to new methods of drug delivery--just became a lot closer to reality. Folding DNA into tiny 3D shapes usually requires manual adjustment, but now a research team has developed a new way of folding DNA that's done entirely by software. They've already tried it out by folding DNA into the shape of a miniature bunny figurine and other small shapes. They new, more efficient method was published today in Nature.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:54 Source

Weather radar has picked up thousands of insects flying over Knox County, Texas, according to the National Weather Service of Norman, Oklahoma.

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Popular Science Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:54 Source

The gene editing technique CRISPR was launched from relative public obscurity to the mainstream today when #CRISPRfacts began trending on Twitter, quieting some of the hype surrounding a Wired story.

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