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QUT researcher takes out aviation award

Brisbane Times, 25 February 2015

A Queensland researcher has taken home a huge gong at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition in Victoria with a compound that detects potentially catastrophic paint deterioration.

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Was MH3702s flight south spoofed as it really flew north?

Crikey, 24 February 2015

One of the most careful dissenting voices in the MH370 mystery is US science writer Jeff Wise, who has today published a study of tractor work on a patch of earth in Kazakhstan that matches the dimensions of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER. However Mr Wise doesn’t back the conclusion that this is where MH370 ended up after it vanished on 8 March last year early in a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people and some secret under floor cargo consignments on board.

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Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

National Geographic, March 2015

We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from climate change to vaccinations—faces furious opposition.
Some even have doubts about the moon landing.

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The Luxury Liner of the Future

The Atlantic, 23 February 2015

Watching the process of loading a cruise ship is a bewildering spectacle of logistics and organization. Tons of food and drink join a seemingly endless assembly of trucks packed with other essential supplies—lugging aboard a menagerie of goods aimed at anticipating the every need of paying passengers. Which is a sort of nice way of saying: There’s a lot of junk that gets loaded onto a cruise ship. And even more that ends up coming off of it. The cruise industry has been widely criticized for the amount of waste it generates. Witnessing the loading process in and around the new Quantum of the Seas is all the more intriguing, then, when you realize none of the supplies going onto the ship will come off as waste.

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World’s biggest PR firm calls it quits with American oil lobby ֠reports

The Guardian, 19 February 2015

The world’s largest public relations firm is ending its lucrative relationship with America’s powerful oil lobby – after more than a decade and at least $327m in billings. Circumstances of the divorce between Edelman public relations and the American Petroleum Institute (API) were not immediately clear. Edelman said it would not comment on the report, and there was no immediate response from API. But ties between the oil lobby and the PR firm ran deep.

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Giants smash public transport records

The West Australian, 18 February 2015

It will surprise few who used Perth public transport at the weekend but now it's official. Never have more people gone on Perth's trains, buses and ferries than for the three days of The Giants, with about 1.73 million passengers in 72 hours.

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Draft bike plan for comment

The City of Stirling's draft bike plan with 14 Recommendations was released for comment in January 2015 with comments welcomed until until Tuesday 3 March 2015.

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Andrews says full steam ahead for Melbourne Metro — but is it all hot air?

Crikey, 17 February 2015

As per his explicit election promise, Victoria’s new Premier, Daniel Andrews, yesterday announced the beginning of work on the revived Melbourne Metro rail tunnel originally proposed under the Brumby government. Design and engineering work on the twin nine-kilometre tunnels under the CBD was well advanced in 2010 when the Brumby government lost office. Further preparatory work continued for a period under the Baillieu/Napthine government, but the project was eventually amended to follow a different route and renamed the Melbourne Rail Link.

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Not So Fast: Drilling Holes in the Energy Boom Story

ASPO USA, 24 October 2015

The story of America’s new energy abundance has been accepted uncritically by too many people. A closer look at the realities of today and the last decade, coupled with a better understanding of our energy and oil systems, reveals risks that must be discussed and included in planning for the years ahead.

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When Presidents Day Was Bicycle Day

The Atlantic, 15 February 2015

Every year, Americans mark Presidents Day with an orgy of auto sales, kicking-off the car-buying season. Our celebration of George Washington’s birthday is now firmly intertwined with the automobile, a testament to the powerful grip of car culture upon our civic imagination. But more than a century ago, February 22 bore a very different identity: It was Bicycle Day.

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