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‘No time limit’ on Malaysia jet hunt

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Rescuers have put no time limit on the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, now into its fourth week, says Australian PM Tony Abbott.

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Alexander Downer will be Australias next high commissioner to the UK

Former South Australian Labor premier Mike Rann will be shifted from London to Rome to make way for DownerFormer Liberal foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer has been confirmed as the next high commissioner to the UK.The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said former South Australian Labor premier Mike Rann would be shifted from London to Rome to make way for Downer.

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Search for Flight 370 Continues as Plane’s Blackbox Battery Life Dwindles

It’s been over three weeks since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean and investigators have yet to locate any wreckage from the aircraft. On Saturday, Chinese and Australian ships picked up a few white, red and orange “objects in the ocean” that had been … More »

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Flight MH370: Chinese relatives demand apology from Malaysia

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Families of Chinese passengers criticise officials over handling of disaster, as search for missing plane enters fourth weekDozens of angry relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing flight MH370 have demanded that Malaysia apologise for its handling of the investigation as they arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Beijing on Sunday.About 50 more family members joined those who had earlier flown to Malaysia, saying they hoped to get more information from officials in the capital. Around two-thirds of the 239 people on board the flight were Chinese.

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Is this train the “little engine that could” for clean energy storage?

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In Greek mythology, the story of Sisyphus endlessly rolling a boulder uphill is meant to be a cautionary tale. Gravity, in this case, worked against the poor chump. But the smart folks at Advanced Rail Energy Storage North America (ARES) asked: Why not make gravity your friend? ARES has pioneered a train full of rocks that climbs up a hill, only to roll back down again and repeat the process, Sisyphus style. But instead of a metaphor of futility, this new train technology offers a breakthrough opportunity in clean energy storage. It isn’t easy to find feasible solutions for storing grid-scale renewable energy loads for when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Pumping water through turbines only returns about 70 percent on energy inputs, while the big battery business comes with its own set of environmental and cost concerns. That’s what makes the ARES technology all the more exciting. The group repurposed train cars originally meant for (ironically) Australian ore mining to use gravity and friction to store renewables. Each car can haul up to 230 tons of rock up a hill (heavier is better since it will generate more energy when it inevitably rolls downhill). Here’s how it works: When electricity is at low demand, surplus energy gets sent from the grid to power a chain that hauls the weighted rail cars uphill. Then, when energy demand climbs, the train car’s motor becomes a generator as it rolls downhill, and the momentum pushes the stored energy back through the grid via regenerative braking. Scientific American reports: ”They go up, they go down, Slinky fashion,” said Francesca Cava, chief operating officer at Advanced Rail Energy Storage North America, the company behind the Nevada project. “For the most part, the technology we’re using is over a hundred years old – we’re not waiting for any scientific breakthroughs to be profitable.” The benefits are that it’s less expensive than other storage solutions like pumping hydro through turbines, and it has a small environmental footprint — no water, no emissions, and no synthetic methane needed. ARES says that the energy stored can stabilize the grid and help make the power generated by renewables less intermittent. The new railcars have been piloted in California, which recently approved a plan to use energy storing technologies to meet the goal of having 33 percent of its power supply from renewable sources by the year 2020. Now ARES has big plans for a large-scale commercial venture that could help the state get on track with its energy-on-demand needs. If this pilot program is successful, other states and countries could soon be riding this gravy train to clean energy storage.Filed under: Business & Technology, Climate & Energy

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MH370: 122 objects spotted in Indian Ocean are ‘most credible lead yet’

Extra vessels and aircraft arrive in search zone after satellite imagery shows items close to where earlier debris was seenSatellite imagery showing more than 122 possible objects floating in a patch of the southern Indian Ocean offers the most credible lead yet in the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner, the country’s transport minister has said.

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Murdoch says Rudd ‘all over the place’ in Australia poll

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Media baron Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday threw his support firmly behind the conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott ahead of Australia’s upcoming election, saying Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was “all over the place”. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Bone tools discovery explodes myth of unskilled Neanderthals

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Researchers have found what they say are specialised bone tools made by Neanderthals in Europe thousands of years before modern humans are thought to have arrived to share such skills. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Australian election campaigners clash on spending

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Tuesday increased pressure on the conservative opposition to reveal its policy costings, as the economy was judged the number one issue in next month’s election. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Macau casinos bet on China’s rising middle class

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The game is changing for casinos in Macau as fun-seeking middle-class Chinese visitors follow high-roller VIP gamblers in ever greater numbers to try their luck in the only place in China where casinos are legal. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Australian PM Rudd calls September poll against resurgent conservatives

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called a September 7 general election on Sunday, barely six weeks after he toppled former leader Julia Gillard in a party-room vote, ending a turbulent three years in power for the minority Labor government. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Thai oil spill having ‘extreme’ impact on tourism

<!– google_ad_section_start –> An oil spill that has blackened beaches at a Thai holiday island was having an extreme impact on tourism and could spread to the coast of the mainland and affect the fishing industry, officials and an environmental group said on Tuesday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes surprise Afghan visit

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has made a surprise visit to troops serving in Afghanistan, telling them that it was time they came home. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Baby dies as migrant ship sinks in Indian Ocean

<!– google_ad_section_start –>  A baby boy is dead and eight people are missing after a boat carrying asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia began sinking in the Indian Ocean. Australian Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said on Saturday that officials rescued 88 asylum seekers after the boat began taking on water on Friday about 200 kilometres north of Christmas Island. The island is an Australian territory 500km south of Jakarta, Indonesia, and is home to a detention centre for asylum seekers. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Rudd presses China to strike free trade deal with Australia

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Australia’s Sinophile prime minister, Kevin Rudd, yesterday urged China, the country’s largest trading partner, to conclude a stalled free-trade deal. He used his first news conference since regaining power to praise the current bilateral relationship. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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New bid to oust Australia’s Gillard

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Moves were underway on Wednesday to oust embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard and return Kevin Rudd to the Labor leadership, reports said, as the Australian premier faces defeat at the upcoming elections. A petition was circulating among Labor lawmakers calling for a caucus meeting where a vote on the leadership would be held, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and other media reported. For Gillard’s leadership to be tested, the petition would need to be signed by at least a third of the 102 caucus members. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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New low in Australian discourse as radio DJ asks Gillard is partner gay

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A menu at a conservative political fundraiser likens a dish to Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s intimate anatomy. A radio host asks her on-air if her partner is gay. Mud-slinging is nothing new in politics, but a no-holds-barred election campaign in Australia is plumbing depths seldom seen. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from Wendi Deng

<!– google_ad_section_start –> LOS ANGELES (AP) — News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng Murdoch, his Chinese-born wife since 1999, citing a breakdown in the relationship. The matter doesn’t alter the succession plan for the media company, which the 82-year-old founder controls through a family trust. Murdoch filed a one-page document Thursday indicating that he was opening a divorce case in New York State Supreme Court. A News Corp. spokesperson confirmed the filing. The divorce filing comes just a week before News Corp. begins the process of splitting in two. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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US state passes bill saying pilot Gustave Whitehead beat Wright brothers to first flight

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Connecticut’s leading role in aviation has never been disputed, but legislators have now passed a bill insisting that an aviator from the US state flew two years before the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, in the state of North Carolina. The measure is the latest twist in an effort to credit the first successful aircraft flight to German-born aviator Gustave Whitehead. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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