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these look shopped.
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Wow. Until recently, Australia's 60,000 charities were completely unregulated (except for a one-time registration with the ATO). They are estimated to receive $4-$8 billion annually in tax concessions, but no one really knows because the new regulator has had its work cut out just determining which ones actually exist. Now the Abbott government is preparing to shut down the regulator.
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A fascinating account of the early data-enabled mobile devices built by Danger. The data-sync-over-FM-radio thing sounds like a cool hack, but it sounds like a good thing that they did that back-of-the-napkin calculation.
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flight duration improved from a few days to > 100 days, bandwidth from 2 mb/s to 22mb/s. not bad for 1 year of work.
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Tesla Releases Patents in Unprecedented Move to Advance Electric Vehicles

“Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport,” he wrote. “If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal." - +Elon Musk +Tesla Motors 

http://ecowatch.com/2014/06/12/tesla-patents-electric-vehicles/
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Bowie's last day - we had permission for a year, so our Space Oddity video comes down today. One last look: Space Oddity
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It looks like Jacqui Lambie, one of the new Palmer United Party senators, isn't afraid of letting her power trip show. I wonder how long she's been saving this one up: "If you want to come into the kennel with the PUPs, be prepared to be chewed up and spat back out".
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I saw her on an episode of Q&A once. she had a touch of the "pauline hansons" about her.
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So the Mayday PAC reached its $5M fundraising goal in aid of its audacious plan to fix the systemic corruption in the US political system (embrace the irony). This is momentous stuff and I can't wait to see how it plays out. If you want some background on what this is all about, see Lawrence Lessig's original announcement, made during the best TED talk I've ever seen.
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+James McGill I don't know enough to judge, but they appear to know how to structure a fundraising campaign, and can presumably now afford to hire a bunch of decent political strategists...
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This is a good read.
By now you have probably already read the leaked Innovation Report from The New York Times. And if you haven't, you should. It provides a great overview of the challenges and thinking that are happening in the industry, not just for The New York Times, but for every newspaper and magazine.
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The nuances of cloning wildlife

Slate is broadcasting a review I wrote for Issues in Science and Technology about a new book called Cloning Wildlife .  Sample...

“As the costs of DNA sequencing keep coming down, field biologists have been discovering that hybridization is rampant in nature and indeed may be one of the principle mechanisms of evolution, which is said to be speeding up in these turbulent decades. Friese notes that “as an institution, the zoo is particularly concerned with patrolling the boundaries between nature and culture.” Defending against cloned hybridization, zoos think, is defending nature from culture. But if hybridization is common in nature, then what?

“Soon enough, zoos will be confronting the temptation of de-extincted woolly mammoths (and passenger pigeons, great auks, and Carolina parakeets, among others). Those thrilling animals could be huge draws and deeply educational exemplars of new possibilities for conservation. They will also be, to a varying extent, genomic hybrids—mammoths that are partly Asian elephant, passenger pigeons that are partly band-tailed pigeon, great auks that are partly razorbill, Carolina parakeets that are partly sun parakeet. Should we applaud or turn away in dismay? I think that conservation biologists will look for one primary measure of success: Can the revived animals take up their old ecological role and manage on their own in the wild? If not, they are freaks. If they succeed, welcome back.“
The law is clear: We’re not allowed to clone humans. But it’s OK to clone endangered wildlife in captive breeding programs. There are nuances, however, and the question is how to think about them. Some answers can be found in Carrie Friese’s strange and useful book, published last fall, Cloning Wild...
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This should be the official anthem of the #heartbleed  bug.
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