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Prosper Australia Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:46 Source

The AFR today reports Brickworks Ltd calling for steep increases in Sydney land supply to assist affordability for homemakers. Developers on the outskirts of all the major Australian cities are dribbling out lots piecemeal – stifling supply, household formation and economic activity. It is entirely rational for them to seek to maximise their profits in […]

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:38 Source

Should we go a bit easier on broken promises?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:36 Source

Back in 2010 when MB was just taking shape, one of the very few sell side analysts to get the iron ore price right in advance, Tim Toohey of Goldman Sachs, wrote an equally excellent piece on what the great iron ore correction of 2014 would do to house prices. Here is some of it: On […]

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The Tally Room Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:30 Source

Fisher1-2CPWhile I’ve been busy preparing guides to the three major state elections coming up soon, I’ve been neglecting two by-elections due over the next two months in South Australia.

The seats of Fisher and Davenport in southern Adelaide will both be electing new MPs in by-elections: Fisher on December 6, and Davenport on January 31, 2015.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:57 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:52 Source

The ABC and SBS provide tangible social benefits to Australia and contribute hugely to our cultural and intellectual life, writes Loz Lawrey. But because they aren’t profit-driven, they don’t fit nicely into conservative ideology.

Does the language used by those who speak for the Abbott government make you ill? Physically nauseous? Rhetoric can do that. You’re probably what they call a “leftie”, the term conservative neoliberals use for people who don’t subscribe to their dog-eat-dog worldview.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:43 Source

By Leith van Onselen With the year winding down, and many of the May Budget measures still stuck in limbo, the Abbott Government is preparing to “clear the barnacles” and water down or junk some unpopular measures in order to start the new year on the front foot. As reported in The AFR today, the $7 […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:37 Source

From Citi: In the past two weeks, the US and China announced an agreement signaling stronger action to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The International Energy Agency (IEA) issued its annual update, World Energy Outlook 2014 (WEO-2014). China released its Energy Development Plan 2014-2020. We consider the implications of these developments for investors in fossil fuels. Caution for […]

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:21 Source

A photo of AVIC's GCS display booth. Sadly, no working version of the control station was present at Zhuhai 2014. The GCS is designed to be compatible with a wide array of UAVs.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:21 Source

Behold the fiery sphere of pain in the heavens! No, not the sun, this one is much, much closer to Earth, and much stranger still. Aboard the International Space Station, scientists have an electromagnetic levitator that lets them suspend a sphere of liquid metal in place. Why? To observe how it cools when it's free of a container or constraints like the strong gravity on Earth.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:21 Source

Mental health continues to be one of society's greatest concerns. Its enigmatic nature leaves both the public and the health professional in a quandary to understand not only the cause but also the means to cure. Though research has been conducted for centuries, at times it feels we are up against intractable odds.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:21 Source

Remember that uncle who convinced you that your nose was actually in his hand? Or your conviction that you definitely heard reindeer hooves on the rooftop? Kids are gullible – at least that's the conventional wisdom. But new research pinpoints the time that a child's sense of truth and fiction becomes acute: around age 5.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:21 Source

By the end of the year, nearly 3 billion people in the world will have Internet access, according to the latest annual Measuring the Information Society (MIS) Report from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). That's an increase of 6.6 percent over the previous year, continuing a steady trend upward that's been in place for the last decade.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:21 Source

You probably don't think of them that way, but Blu-ray discs have a gorgeous color. In fact, the same physics that gives butterfly wings and housefly eyes their iridescent shine are also at work on Blu-ray. All are examples of what physicists call structural color, which are colors created not from pigments, but from translucent, microscopic shapes that capture light and reflect it in such a way that it appears colored to the human eye.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 09:21 Source

Earlier this month, scientists observed the black seadevil species of anglerfish alive in its natural habitat for the first time.

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