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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:45 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Does the Australian government have the policy, organisational and conceptual capacity to handle the country’s A$6 trillion housing stock? We ask this question in a newly released research report. The answer is critically important to both household opportunity and prosperity, and to the management of our largest national asset. Australians’ wealth

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Damian Smith Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:42 Source

I’ve been reluctant to comment on Pauline Hanson’s noisome remarks regarding autism and schooling. Like wildfire her vacuous bigotry requires oxygen and I am loath give her the attention she so desperately desires.

However there are times when one must stare into the abyss.

I have what was once known as Asperger’s Syndrome, now coalesced into the all-encompassing autism spectrum.

I’m one of what Hanson calls ‘those people’.

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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:41 Source

A 25-year-old jerk was making rude comments towards a man’s wife and daughter, and he finally had enough. The young ruffian was harrassing and yelling at two women, a mother and a daughter, but didn’t realize the father was nearby. The father, almost 20 years older than the aggressor, had no problems walking right up to him and confronting him.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:17 Source

Citi went shopping:  Channel checks indicate apartment rebates have moved to >10%. Feedback from our Australian Property Conference and mystery shopping highlight a clear change in the apartment market, particularly so in Perth, Brisbane and to a greater extent in Melbourne. A tier 1 developer is now offering a 5% 12-month rental guarantee plus

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Renew Economy Friday, June 23, 2017 - 13:15 Source

Regulator further lifts benchmark for NSW solar tariffs - well above AGL's proposed tariff - but rejects notion rooftop solar and storage have network benefits.

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MacroBusiness Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:56 Source

Dalian continues its recent pattern of firming at night and sagging during the day today: Big Iron is mixed: Big Gas is still stinky: Big Gold is up: Big Bubble is reeling: And Big Liar is as mendacious as usual as REA breaks out: As Australia goes ex-growth so does it’s share market. Avagoodweekend.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

This chart shows (a) the formation of an ice-lolly, (b) ice-lollies with spikes, and (c) representations of ice-lollies observed at different temperatures.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Americans are spending $200 billion a year to treat their back pain, and most aren't even happy with the treatment they're getting. They're often stuck relying on addictive pain meds or spending a fortune on physical therapy.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

We all know what an egg looks like, right? Well, we might know less than we think—bird eggs can be spheres, teardrops, oblong, and anything in between. An interdisciplinary group of scientists may have made progress in cracking the mystery behind how these different shapes emerged.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Ticks are horrifying, plain and simple. Even if they weren't vectors for nasty infections, the fact that they swell up like tiny blood balloons and then burst if you don't remove them properly is enough to make you never want to set foot in the woods again. And guess what: they can also make you allergic to hot dogs and hamburgers, which is pretty darn unpatriotic for a tick named Amblyomma americanum.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

On Wednesday, rapper Albert Johnson—better known by his stage name Prodigy—passed away at the age of 42 from complications of sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder he'd had since birth. Though some medications can help those with sickle cell manage their condition, no cure or real treatment exists to combat the disease.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

"Are you allergic to any medications?" I've answered that query dozens of times since a childhood incident when penicillin, taken to treat a minor infection, instead gave me an itchy rash all over my body. So I respond automatically, and call out the common antibiotic. But I recently learned that this diagnosis could be wrong. Penicillin sensitivity can disappear over time, a fact researchers have known for years. So why hasn't my doctor told me to go get an official test? It could be because she doesn't actually know the allergy can fade.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

A stone statue from Queluz National Palace in Portugal that has been colonized by lichens and algae.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Every few weeks, a telepresence robot rolls by my desk. It's usually a co-worker in a distant office on her way to a meeting, or checking in on the progress of physical things in the office from the comfort of her home.

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Popular Science Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:34 Source

Talk radio can be scary for humans, but for mountain lions, it's enough to put them off their dinner.

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