Roman Orszanski

41 Flips | 3 Magazines | 4 Following | 2 Followers | @doxa2357 | Keep up with Roman Orszanski on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Roman Orszanski”

Energy Efficiency: The Secret Revolution

Michael Liebreich, chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s advisory board, notes that the U.S. fracking revolution and the consequent 2004–13 rise …

Energy

The fix is in: how banks allegedly rigged the US$5.3 trillion foreign exchange market

Suppose you’re in the supermarket shopping for groceries. While you’re strolling the aisle with your cart, a shadowy figure looms over your shoulder …

Finance

How an approach to science helps define the political centre

There was a bit of talk over the last election cycle, expressed in the usual language of political left and right, about returning the pendulum to …

They believe in teachers and in education for all: why Finland's kids often top league tables

When looking at large-scale international studies and comparisons of education systems worldwide, everyone’s always talking about Finland. Finland …

Education

Australian states can do better for the Stolen Generations

A bill before South Australian parliament would make it the second Australian state to compensate Stolen Generation survivors and their children. …

Australia

Grattan on Friday: G20 will put Abbott's political management to the test

Tony Abbott finds himself the party host caught somewhat off-balance as his guests set off crackers all over the place.<p>The government is – and has …

Australia

Post climate pact, IEA warns fossil fuel trends dire

The odds that any climate change agreement among the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters will succeed became a little greater on Tuesday as China …

Solar hot water or solar PV? Study says PV cheapest way to go

New research has found that the most economical way for households to heat water is by using standard solar panels hooked up to an electric hot water …

Why fixate on 20% renewables? It’s never been the actual target

Protesters say the government’s planned cuts to the Renewable Energy Target will endanger Australian jobs in the sector. <i>AAP Image/NewZulu/Josephine</i> …

US, China climate deal puts heat on Australia

Australia’s backtracking on climate change policy – dumping the carbon price and seeking to slash the renewable energy target – is looking like an …

Abbott’s choice: Either climate science is crap, or his policies are

It seems now that the only way Australian prime minister Tony Abbott can justify his current suite of climate policies – or the lack of them – is to …

Why don’t TV shows and newspapers cater to half their audience – women?

There is a cartoon by the artist Grizelda Grizlingham that shows a group of men sitting around a boardroom table, with only one woman present. The caption reads: “Well, you’re the only one who thinks we’re a sexist organisation.” The woman’s face is fixed in a grimace. I can’t help but think the …

Clive Palmer: a spectacular creation of our fractured politics

“I was hunting for fishies!” a four-year-old Clive Palmer said, as he was coaxed back through the porthole, having climbed out onto a thin ledge running around the Dutch freighter on which the Palmer family were travelling. Having resisted attempts by the crew to haul him in (“You get away from …

Australian psychedelic rock has exploded in the wake of Tame Impala with bands such as John Steel Singers and Blank Realm the tip of the iceberg. Welcome to a world of warped-out, stoner grooves<p>It was Tame Impala who kicked the gates open. Before they and their meaty, glam-inspired Elephant jam …

Bill Shorten accuses Tony Abbott of 'stubborn isolationism' on climate change

Bill Shorten has accused Tony Abbott of “stubborn isolationism” on climate change that could hurt Australia’s international trade in the long term.<p>Responding to the significant post-2020 greenhouse gas reduction commitments by the US and China, the prime minister said he was “not focusing on what …

Rosetta mission: Philae tight landing spot on comet prompts tough decisions for Esa

The robotic lander that touched down on a comet on Wednesday came to rest on its side in the shadow of a cliff, according to the first data beamed home from the probe.<p>Pictures from cameras on board the European Space Agency’s Philae lander show the machine with one foot in the sky and lodged …

Photograph: AAP<p>‘Stephen Harper, having first transformed Canadian conservatism into a simulacrum of the US Republican party, is now remodelling the country itself as a …

The China-US climate change agreement is a step forward for green power relations

The China-US joint climate change agreement is a full pendulum swing back from the failures of five years ago. It was only in 2009 at the Copenhagen climate change summit that, despite global pressure for action and the highest political attention, an agreement that would have addressed temperature …

G20: British PM David Cameron addresses Australian parliament -as it happened

The day was dominated by world leaders arriving in Australia for the G20, which is being hosted by the Australian government in Brisbane. The whole show is costing $450m and it appears to have shut down Brisbane for the locals but the world leaders continue to stream in on their jets. The major …

No More Air Conditioners: This “Skin” For Buildings Keeps The Inside Cool With Zero Energy

The facade works with no power at all–not even solar panels–and keeps the temperature comfortable and light bright inside.<p>For most of human history, buildings were essentially net zero energy systems. Thick walls kept out cold and simple windows let in fresh air and daylight. Then came complex, …

Instromania!

Playlist<p>Frantics - The Whip <br>Jerry & The Catalinas - The Arabian Night <br>Les Guitares Du Dimanche - Sur Une Nappe De Restaurant <br>Giovanni Fusco - La …

The working Lego keyboard of your nerdy dreams is here

Back in 2005, Lego tinkerer Jason Allemann attempted to build a prototype of a working keyboard out of Lego using the membrane from a curved Microsoft Natural keyboard. The curves fought back, and the project was never finished. Fast forward to 2014 and Allemann has taken another stab at it, this …

Lego

Campaign for Richard III's reburial in York heard by high court

Descendants of the family of the last medieval king of England have taken their campaign for him to be reburied in York to the high court.<p>In the latest round of the legal dispute over Richard III's final resting place, lawyers for the justice secretary, Leicester University and Leicester council …

Bill Shorten sticks with 'market-based system' to lower greenhouse emissions

Labor will take a “market-based system” to reduce greenhouse emissions to the 2016 election, the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, has confirmed.<p>Labor has been firm in its intention to vote against the Coalition’s proposed repeal of the former government’s carbon pricing scheme, but less clear about …

Incredible Sculpted Wooden Bicycle Blends Form and Function

This beautifully hand-crafted wooden design concept is a unique, modern bicycle developed by artist Yojiro Oshima, a design student in the Craft & Industrial Design Department at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.<p>Oshima created the structure, entitled <i>Fusion</i>, as an exploration of an everyday object …

Theo Jansen’s Walking ‘Strandbeest’ Sculptures Available as 3D Printed Toys | Colossal

<p>Artist Theo Jansen has created several 3D printed models of his famous walking sculptures called <i>Strandbeests</i>. There are currently four different …