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Australian universities climb Times world rankings, while US and UK lose ground

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎2 hours ago‎
Like SMH Student on Facebook · SMH Education: full coverage. Australia's universities have climbed up the world rankings, with almost every top institution improving its standing on last year.
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RBA urges increased housing supply

The Australian - ‎41 minutes ago‎
AN increase in home building activity is most likely the best way to rein in the rapid rise in house prices, the Reserve Bank of Australia says.
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Texas hospital sent Ebola patient home knowing he was from Liberia

The Australian - ‎1 hour ago‎
THE first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, even after telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital acknowledged today.
Ebola worries could keep some Dallas students home
Liberia steps up screening after 1st Ebola case in US
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TX School Kids in Contact with Ebola Patient – ‘Safety of Our Students, Our Parents And Our Community Our No. 1 Priority’  http://b4in.org/p9ZI Texas officials are monitoring a second patient for possible signs of Ebola, less than 24 hours after they said one man who traveled from Liberia to the U.S. has tested positive for the disease.   The first patient also had contact with five students who attend four different public schools, officials said.   Texas Gov. Ric...
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ACCC clears Expedia takeover of Wotif

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎43 minutes ago‎
The competition watchdog has cleared the way for Expedia to complete its $703 million takeover of online travel company Wotif.com despite concerns the enlarged company will charge hotels higher commissions.
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Secret Service director resigns after security failures

Fox News - ‎33 minutes ago‎
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday, after a security breach at the White House and other high-profile incidents raised widespread concerns about the safety of the president and his family.
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Tony Abbott expresses support for parliamentary burqa ban, but colleagues do not

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎2 hours ago‎
Comment: Abbott's cave-in a failure of leadership · Multicultural Affairs spokeswoman criticises 'distracting' burqa focus · PM on the burqa debate · Peta Credlin backs burqa ban in Parliament.
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US, China Air Differences Over Hong Kong Protests

ABC News - ‎57 minutes ago‎
Top U.S. and Chinese officials publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system.
Hong Kong protests: Are campaigners passionate or spoiled?
Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings, demand leader quits
Alexander Howard
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Clay Shirky went to the Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong. Here's what he saw: https://github.com/cshirky/occupyhongkong/tree/master  This is what a particular form and style networked activism for democratic reforms looks like in the 21st century, and it has expanded and scaled the model that Occupy Wallstreet experimented with three years ago: "The speed with which the participants in this movement have built an encampment with food and water and first aid and even border crossings ...
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UN chief slams deadly bombing attacks in Syria

Xinhua - ‎1 hour ago‎
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday condemned "in the strongest terms" deadly bomb attacks in Homs, western Syria, which killed 39 people, including 30 school children between the ages of six and nine.
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Merkel tells Putin Moscow has duty to temper separatists in Ukraine

Jerusalem Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Wednesday that Moscow had a duty to temper pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, a spokesman for the German government said.
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Norway best place to grow old: study

The Hindu - ‎3 hours ago‎
A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors and not deducting for cold winters ranks Norway and Sweden with the highest level of well-being for older people.
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Woman arrested over war memorial flag burning 0:32

The Australian - ‎1 hour ago‎
A WOMAN has been arrested after the burning of an Australian flag at the Anzac War Memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park. Emergency services were called to the park on Wednesday afternoon after a flag was allegedly removed from the memorial and burned in ...
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Mackay man in custody after armed stand-off with police

ABC Online - ‎1 hour ago‎
An armed man has surrendered peacefully after an all-night stand-off with police in north Queensland. The 49-year-old had been holed up inside a property in Burston Street in north Mackay since 8:45pm (AEST) on Wednesday.
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Australian dollar jumps above US87c

The Australian - ‎1 hour ago‎
THE Australian dollar has surged back beyond US87c in overnight trade after US economic data failed to flatter. At 7.15am (AEST), the local unit was trading at US87.32c, up from US86.97c at the close of local trade on Wednesday.
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Investors snap up Ekka apartments

Brisbane Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Yards residential development - part of the RNA redevelopment - will be completed in 2017. Photo: Supplied. Construction giant Lend Lease believes it set a new record for apartment sales in Brisbane when 160 apartments in the Ekka redevelopment ...
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'Profits before people' as Westpac cuts 70 WA jobs

Perth Now - ‎16 hours ago‎
The Gateway centre in Queensland will be the hardest hit with 159 jobs to go while 72 positions at the West Coast centre in WA will be made redundant.
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Consumers worse off in final NBN Vertigan recommendations

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎38 minutes ago‎
The company running the national broadband network should stop charging the same wholesale amount so all Australians can access high-speed broadband, according to the final part of the Abbott government's NBN cost-benefit analysis into the project.
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Xperia Z3X camera and specs leaked

Load The Game - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Sony Xperia Z3 hasn't been launched long ago, but there are already rumors floating around about a Sony Xperia Z4 and a Sony Xperia Z3X edition as well.
Sony Xperia Z3X Specifications Rumored
Pre-orders open for Xperia Z3 and Compact
Sony Xperia
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Discover how Xperia Z3 technology enables an audio archivist to go from good to great. Sharing a lost recording in crystal clear Hi-Res Audio, almost five decades on.
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Art Gallery of South Australia told to cool heels in art quest

The Australian - ‎10 hours ago‎
The Art Gallery of South Australia's bid to authenticate Indian antiquities in its collection has hit a snag after the Australian high commission in New Delhi asked the gallery to cool its heels.
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Charlie's Country looks for Oscars nod

NEWS.com.au - ‎14 hours ago‎
AFTER a rapturous reception at Cannes, Australian film Charlie's Country is in line for an Oscars nod. THE story of an Aboriginal man who takes a stand after the invasion of his Arnhem Land community is Australia's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the ...
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Asher Keddie stars in new political series, Party Tricks

The Age - ‎8 hours ago‎
Games people play: Rodger Corser and Asher Keddie play two dynamic, but different characters, in Party Tricks. There are all sorts of games being played in Party Tricks, but the main one is probably juggling: between private and public lives; between ...
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Laneway 2015 bill: St Vincent, Royal Blood, Courtney Barnett, Jungle

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎1 hour ago‎
Laneway Festival has returned to its classic formula, a line-up full of ultra-cool but mainly obscure acts with a few gems who are in the process of breaking into the mainstream worldwide.
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Bulldogs prop Graham not biting about incident

Stuff.co.nz - ‎2 hours ago‎
OUCH: James Graham was accused of biting Melbourne fullback Billy Slater during the 2012 grand final. Relevant offers. League. Face-off continues for Bunnies skipper Sutton Rookie hooker to fill Issac Luke's boots in GF Controlled 'Mad Monday' party for ...
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NRL bans suspended Rabbitoh Issac Luke from 2014 grand final party

The Daily Telegraph - ‎1 hour ago‎
THE NRL has banned suspended South Sydney hooker Issac Luke from holding-up the trophy or accepting a premiership ring at the official post-match grand final presentation should his Rabbitohs win Sunday's big decider.
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Offspring can look like an ex-boyfriend

The Times (subscription) - ‎1 hour ago‎
Previous lovers are sometimes best forgotten, but scientists have shown that offspring can resemble their mother's former partner - in flies, at least.
Mom's first boyfriend might influence later offspring (in flies, anyway)
Study: Past Sex Partners Could Influence What Your Kids Look Like
Ward Plunet
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Semen secrets: How a previous sexual partner can influence another male's offspring - at least in flies Strange science of the day. And I have another paper previously seeing something similar.  Scientists have discovered a new form of non-genetic inheritance, showing for the first time that offspring can resemble a mother's previous sexual partner -- in flies at least. Researchers manipulated the size of male flies and studied their ...
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Australia's 2013 heatwave due to climate change, researchers conclude

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎Sep 30, 2014‎
Record temperatures in Australia in 2013 were almost certainly caused by man-made climate change, five separate studies have found.
Climate change blamed for increased bushfire risk in ACT
Climate change blamed for rising Australian bushfires
Noah Diffenbaugh
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Swain and Diffenbaugh Op-Ed About the California Drought + Daniel Swain  and I have a "Viewpoints" piece in the + The Sacramento Bee  about the current California drought, including our new research paper published this week, and the ways in which global warming is influencing the risk of these kinds of droughts now and in the coming years.  Here is the text of the Viewpoint (links follow below): "Viewpoints: Climate change is increasing the chances of ...
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Parents urged to keep vaccinations up-to-date after death of baby from ...

ABC Online - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has issued a vaccination plea in response to the death of a baby who died from whooping cough in the Hunter New England region.
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Phillip Morris donated to Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎13 hours ago‎
The senator who defended the rights of smokers and said they were being disproportionately slugged through tobacco taxes has confirmed his party accepted donations from tobacco giant Phillip Morris.
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University of Newcastle research finds mum smokers reduce son's sperm

Newcastle Herald - ‎8 hours ago‎
University of Newcastle research shows mothers who smoke while pregnant or breastfeeding may be damaging the future fertility of their sons.
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Woman opted for home birth after hospital trauma, coronial inquest told

ABC Online - ‎3 hours ago‎
The traumatic hospital birth of a first child led a Perth woman to opt for a home birth with her second, the mother has told an inquest into her baby's death.
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