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Delimiter Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 09:58 Source

A new advocacy organisation called Digital Rights Watch has launched with the aim of protecting the rights of Australian Internet users.

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En Passant Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 08:28 Source

Socialism is about more than just voting for one person in one election. But what else? Eric Ruder in Socialist Worker US looks back at the centuries-old socialist tradition to provide some answers.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 08:24 Source


Newly minted ambassador to the United States, former treasurer Joe Hockey, has taken the time to publicly defend Australia's climate change efforts after The New York Times published an editorial criticising changes at the CSIRO.

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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 08:03 Source

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How the hell did political debate in this country turn so ugly?

Last week Bill Shorten was out seeing voters in electorates like Dobell

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 06:22 Source

Wednesday March 16 2016 Author’s Note: From time to time we receive letters from people. Morrie hasn’t written for a while so given our policy of openness I thought I would share his latest effort. Dear Lord. I sword I would never write to this blog again after the way I was treated last time…

The post Day to Day Politics: A letter to the editor, from Morrie Moneyweather. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 00:16 Source

A look round at the political landscape in the lead up to this year's federal election.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Cross-post with North Coast Voices' thanks and permission from No Place for Sheep:6 March 2016Why Abbott’s sex life is my business

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Global Guerrillas Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 22:37 Source

Let's face it.  Human biological evolution is very slow.  Our bodies and minds are roughly the same as they were ten thousand years ago.

That hasn't held us back though.

Thousands of years ago, we learned an unique way to transcend the limits of biological evolution.  We learned that we can rapidly evolve as a group by gathering, storing, and sharing the experiences of individuals.  

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The Failed Estate Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 21:21 Source

Journalism isn’t really a profession, much as some of its practitioners proclaim it to be. It’s much closer to being a trade or a craft. And like all crafts, success in journalism is usually achieved by getting not just one … Continue reading →

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Your Democracy Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 18:51 Source

constitutional reform ...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:49 Source

Sometime over the next couple of days we’re going to reach what we reckon will be a fairly impressive milestone: AIMN articles will welcome their 10 millionth reader. Ten million, in just three years. We are privileged that so many people come to The AIMN. But why shouldn’t they? Where else can they read who we…

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Harrangue Man Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:28 Source

I'm back to full-time hours but it coincided with an uptick of anxiety, brought on by an anniversary, nightmares, raging IBS then, during the late-morning, a full-on flashback caused by refresher training. I was shaky on arrival but following the flashback my anxiety peaked.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:07 Source

No good deed goes unpunished.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:06 Source

Since the winter of 2006-2007, the global bee population has been in decline due to Colony Collapse Disorder.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:06 Source

2016 is the year that high-end virtual reality will finally make its way to consumers homes. We don't mean the Google Cardboards and Samsung Gear VR's of the world. While Google is one of the smartest companies in the world, and Samsung uses Oculus tech to power its VR experience, the two headsets are just the tip of the virtual iceberg.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:06 Source

Dubai is a city in a desert on the edge of the future. Obscenely wealthy and home to the world's tallest building, the emirate combines modern technology with an aristocrat's glee in flaunting wealth. Dubai already has jetpack stuntmen in the sky, camera-strapped eagle videographers on the buildings, and police in Lamborghinis on the ground. How does a city improve upon that? With a drone grand prix, offering a $1 million in prizes, of course.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:06 Source

The machine was born in a sandbox. Stumbling for meaning, its five parents watched as it learned the rules of the world around it. Everything is built of cubes, which can be climbed one at a time. There is light, and there is darkness. “Up” has a meaning different from “down.” The machine learned. The makers gave the machine a task: go up. And, eventually, the machine did just that, safely within the confines of its Minecraft world. Microsoft, which owns the wildly popular open-ended game, is using the setting as a laboratory for artificial intelligence. This summer, they're opening it up for everyone.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:06 Source

In old movies and crime drama TV shows, the femme fatale's lipstick is a key piece of evidence to solve the crime. But Brian Bellott, a chemistry professor at Western Illinois University, knew that in the real world, it's not quite that easy. It's surprisingly difficult to identify a particular brand of lipstick because of what it's made of, and even when it's possible, lab tests take a while. Now Bellott and his team have created a simpler, cheaper process to test lipstick.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:06 Source

The next batch of supplies is targeted to launch to the International Space Station on March 22, and there will be some fun science experiments inside. The supplies will be delivered by Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, which will ride into space on an Atlas 5 rocket.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:06 Source

For the past few years, scientists have been experimenting with the best way to blend biological and robotic materials. Biological materials, they argue, can help robots in situations where they need to quickly adapt to changing conditions — useful for medical applications, like non-invasive drug delivery and implants with several different functions.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:06 Source

Most hoverboards aren't. The popular hands-free motorized scooters are bound to the ground with wheels. Others use fans to create giant flying boxes, more like “drones that people ride” than hoverboards.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:06 Source

A rising tide might lift all boats, but rising sea levels could have a negative impact on millions of Americans. A study published today in Nature Climate Change found that if sea levels rise 6 feet by 2100, an estimated 13.1 million people would be impacted, losing the land they live on to the sea.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:05 Source

Cancer becomes significantly more deadly when it spreads throughout the body. Some types of cancers, like breast and prostate, are more likely to spread to the bones, and the spine is the most common site for those metastases. If doctors have to surgically remove a vertebrae, they can replace it with metal cages or bone grafts, which require an invasive surgery to implant, or they can implant titanium rods, which are less invasive to put in but are expensive.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:05 Source

Apple may be butting heads with the FBI right now over passcode locked iPhones, but that hasn't stopped the company from carrying on business as usual. The iPhone played a huge role in driving $75.9 billion of revenue, leading to the company has becoming the most profitable company in the history of companies. For their next trick, Tim Cook and friends want to print more money with their big product of 2016: the iPhone 7.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:05 Source

What's that? Oh, just the sound of high school students in math classes around the world rolling their eyes because today is the annual day during which their lessons are all about one number, a number whose first three digits happen to coincide with this date on the Gregorian calendar. At least they get some free food out of it. How many digits can you recite from memory? I've got 3.141592653...

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:05 Source

The CSA-003 is China's newest Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) aircraft. Built by the China Electronic Technology Corporation's Avionics division, the CSA-003 is a family of special mission aircraft that include maritime patrol and oil spill response.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:05 Source

In 1964, high school dropout Ky Michaelson strapped rockets to a motorcycle and successfully rode it down a speedway. Next, he added rockets to a snowmobile and raced it across his frozen homes state of Minnesota. The success of these speed runs inspired Michaelson to keep pushing to go faster with rocket power. He strapped rockets to cars, motorcycles, go-karts, snowmobiles, boats, a wheelchair, an oversize runner snow sled, and a bicycle.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:05 Source

Of all the people to offer congratulations in the wake of Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo winning its third victory in the board game Go last night, over human world champion Lee Se-dol (thereby ensuring the A.I.'s victory in the five-game series, no matter the outcome of the remaining two games), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might not be the first to come to mind.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:05 Source

In it's third consecutive win, Google's AlphaGo has bested 18-time Go world champion Lee Se-dol. This marks overall defeat for Se-dol in the tournament, despite the fact that the final two games will be played as scheduled.

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Popular Science Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:05 Source

Could there be life on Mars? The red planet would not be an easy place to thrive, but perhaps somewhere below the surface, sheltered from the harsh radiation of the surface, with a few drops of water to drink, life could get by.

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