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John Quiggin Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:40 Source

A new sandpit for long side discussions, idees fixes and so on.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:26 Source

The last coal-fired generator in South Australia has been switched off – setting the state on a new path towards a decarbonised grid.

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Your Democracy Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:25 Source
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Renew Economy Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:16 Source

ARENA is aiming to provide funding for 200MW of ‘high merit’ utility-scale solar projects under its Large-Scale Solar Competitive Round.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

1969 was a year of space exploration, rock and roll, and most notably, the founding of The Gap clothing store. As part of an ad campaign for its "1969" line of jeans, The Gap has been touting its heritage, placing jeans next to other things that happened in 1969. If you're nerds like us, the Apollo 11 mission tops the list of that year's highlights.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

Runways are inconvenient, and helicopters are inefficient. Between these two statements is the quest for Vertical Takeoff and Landing, or VTOL, flying machines. Hampered for decades by the difficulty of building such an aircraft that can switch from hovering to forward thrust mid-flight without jeopardizing the humans inside, drones have rapidly adapted to the task. Like this one, the V-Bat from Martin UAV, on display at the drone industry's Xponential conference in New Orleans this week:

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

On the set of HBO's Silicon Valley, Erlich Bachman — aka TJ Miller — is the former founder of transportation start-up Aviato, sports a somewhat man-bun, and smokes a prodigious amount of weed. While Miller says the character is just a "hyperbolic" version of himself, it is hard not to spot the similarities between the two — loud, brash, and a bit over the top, Miller is most in his element playing these Rabelaisian characters that offer both insight and gut-busting comedic relief.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

Astronaut ice cream is gross. The coolest part about it, besides its temperature, is the fact that astronaut is in the name.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

RIP, the internet's dream of naming a state-of-the-art research vessel Boaty McBoatface.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

Looks like there's a new scoundrel in town.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

To cut down on food waste, researchers at Tufts University have developed a method of preserving perishable produce without a refrigerator. The team of researchers created a silk fibroin (which is a structural protein) solution and coated strawberries with it for a study published in Scientific Reports.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

Say "so long," previous insect-size record-holder. A new species of stick insect in southern China has been declared the world's longest bug, state media announced on Thursday.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

Three new species of mouse lemur, a group that makes up the world's smallest primates, have been discovered in Madagascar.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

Smartphones haven't really changed in the last few years. Yes, they're faster, have high resolution, and take better photos, but the core technology has remained relatively unchanged.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:05 Source

SpaceX has done it again. After successfully launching a Japanese broadcasting satellite into orbit, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket booster successfully returned to Earth, touching down gracefully on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You. The landing was particularly challenging--since the rocket had to deliver the satellite into a high orbit, it was coming down faster and hotter than usual. SpaceX wasn't expecting a successful landing tonight.

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The Tally Room Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:00 Source

Over the next 54 days I’ll be featuring one seat every day. I’ll be covering all Liberal seats on margins of less than 6%, plus Labor seats on margins of less than 3%, and all of those seats either held by crossbenchers or possibly vulnerable to being won by a minor party or independent.

There will be one post on the front page each day, and it will link to the seat profile for that seat. There won’t be a comments thread under that post, but you can comment on the seat profile. I’ll also share the seat profile on Facebook and Twitter.

Today’s seat is Kingsford Smith.

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xkcd.com Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:00 Source

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

Having a good sense of smell might seem like a skill with limited utility beyond deciding whether those leftovers from Saturday night have turned. But it might actually be helpful for your social life, too. There's a connection between a good sense of smell and a thriving social network, scientists reported in April in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

Uber for private jets couldn't get off the ground, even after several attempts. The Jay-Z and Ashton Kutcher backed startup, which promised a network of on-demand jets for a jet-setting clientele, experienced layoffs followed by a shutdown back in 2013, and abruptly did the same this week, ostensibly for good.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

The European Space Agency is incubating a new kind of aircraft. Revealed today, the glossy, white, egg-like form of the craft resembles nothing so much as an airplane designed by Apple. The planned two-seater will be all-electric, built for personal use, and, thanks to pivoting engines, it can take off from helipads instead of runways.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

Zac Posen created a beautiful and technologically advanced dress for actress Claire Danes. At this year's Emmy Awards she appeared in a fiber-optic lit creation that stunned the world.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

Previous attempts to peer inside Tesla's $5 billion Gigafactory 1 outside of Reno, Nevada have... not gone well. But lucky for us law-abiders, we can now get a glimpse of the factory where Tesla will produce its home batteries, known as the Powerwall. Bloomberg took some beautiful photos of the facility.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

See the beauty of Mariana Trench--the deepest section of Earth's oceans--explorative footage the way it was meant to be viewed: live.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

The Martian surface is covered in these weird dark streaks, and scientists couldn't figure out what was causing them. But a study published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience might have a possible answer. They could be from boiling water; it boils fairly quickly on Mars due to low atmospheric pressure. h/t The Verge

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

When people say, “Forget you heard that,” they don't usually mean literally. But it turns out that you can stop yourself from remembering, at least on a small scale. People can intentionally forget memories by changing how they think about the context those memories were made in, scientists reported this week in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

If drones are going to be effective fliers, they could stand to take a page from insects' book of tricks. Researchers at the University of Sheffield are now turning to honeybees to figure out how they manage to avoid running into things.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

Walking is hard. While humans usually figure out how to do it within the first year of life, we are plagued with errors throughout our lifespan, and we are creatures innately made to walk. At the University of Michigan, researchers spent years working on MABEL, a bipedal robot that can walk forwards and backwards. Their new robot, MARLO, builds on that experience, with algorithms that help it shamble over uneven ground

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

Hubble is still teaching us so many years later. Case in point: today the telescope team tweeted a beautiful shot of a barred spiral galaxy. This one is not new--it was discovered in 1784 by German-British astronomer William Herschel.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

Photographer Robert Clark gives us all a closer look at the sometimes flashy, sometimes practical art that is bird feathers. In his book, Feathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage, to which science writer Carl Zimmer wrote the preface, Clark captures the beauty of more than 60 feathers, with a brief explanation about each.

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Popular Science Monday, May 9, 2016 - 09:57 Source

Space flight for civilians remains a rarity here in the year 2016, but the media campaign from Richard Branson's nascent private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic is looking to a time in the not-so-distant future when your visit to space is a decision, not a dream.

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