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Tech & Science 10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

00:50  16 december  2019
00:50  16 december  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

World's largest periodic table at WA university adds to Australia's Big Things

  World's largest periodic table at WA university adds to Australia's Big Things At 662 square metres, a Perth university has created what it believes to be the world's largest periodic table of the elements. Australia latest Big Thing, at Edith Cowan University's Joondalup campus, was the brainchild of the institution's vice-chancellor Professor Steve Chapman."When you build a science building you have to fill it with a lot of high-tech stuff, with fume hoods and benches and gas lines and everything so you kind of build an oblong," Professor Chapman explained.

2. Australia continues to faff around on marriage equality today, with the Liberals heading in for a crunch meeting where ministers are expected to press on with postal vote plans. Have a great day. You can get 10 things direct to your inbox each morning by punching your details into the form below.

2. Australia ’s CEOs are getting poorer. The median realised pay for ASX100 CEOs was .78 million in 2016 compared to .88 million in BONUS ITEM: Every falling dream you had: Have a great day. You can get 10 things direct to your inbox each morning by punching your details into the form below.

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Morning. Hope you all had excellent weekends.

1. Australia is getting its own equivalent of the NASDAQ. According to the AFR this morning, a new S&P technology index will launch in February, giving greater clarity to investors tracking ASX tech stocks. At present, those watching the fast-growing sector individually analyse a number of small-cap stocks. It will be known as the S&P All Technology Index or the S&P AllTech for short.

2. We now know every financial institution involved in the federal government's first home loan deposit scheme. The Commonwealth Bank and the National Australia Bank (NAB) will be the only two major banks to offer the first home loan scheme, with 25 smaller lenders represented otherwise.

Khawaja back in form but Bulls in trouble

  Khawaja back in form but Bulls in trouble Dropped Test batsman Usman Khawaja has notched his first Sheffield Shield fifty of the season but his Bulls side are heading for an outright loss against NSW.The Bulls finished day three of the Sheffield Shield game on 5-111 in their second innings, still needing another 24 to make the Blues bat again.

Good morning . Well done Tom. 1. Rio was crazy. We finally won our seventh gold when Tom Burton gave his opposition a sailing masterclass. But CEO Andrew Mackenzie still found a bright side. And the SPI 200 futures took it all in their stride, and are only down 6 points this morning .

And this morning , we got the first full trailer for the follow-up, Blade Runner 2049, starring Rick Deckard and some lamp post with abs known as Ryan Gosling You can get 10 things direct to your inbox each morning by punching your details into the form below.

3. If you use Afterpay or a similar buy now, pay later service, your bank could reject your home loan. It's another part of the government's new responsible lending guidelines, which also encourage banks to ask about other examples of discretionary spending like streaming service subscriptions and private schooling. Interestingly, the guidelines explicitly describe Afterpay and their ilk as "unregulated credit".

4. Eyewear brand Oscar Wylee is in hot water with the ACCC over its ‘buy a pair, give a pair’ initiative. You've almost certainly seen the ads: for every pair of glasses you buy, the company is supposed to donate one to charity. Well, maybe not. Despite selling more than 320,000 pairs between 2014 and 2018, the consumer watchdog alleges only 3,000 pairs of glasses were donated.

Sydney's new light rail passes morning peak-hour test

  Sydney's new light rail passes morning peak-hour test The government has also sought to dispel concerns about the time it takes to travel from one end of the light rail line to the other.Watching the trams' performance at an operations centre in Redfern on Monday, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the end-to end travel times of 50 minutes would improve over the next three to six months as passengers became accustomed to travelling on light rail services.

Good morning . 1. First, to markets. And there were no surprises in US data overnight, helping the CME Fedwatch tool put the probability of a June rate hike at 8. Andy Rubin has done some great things in smartphones. Arguably the greatest thing – the creation of Android. And now, he has finally unveiled

Japanese and South Korean stocks both fell by around 1% as North Korean tensions rose, but the ASX 200 eventually found support below 5,700 and futures are pointing to a positive open this morning . You can get 10 things direct to your inbox each morning by punching your details into the form below.

5. McDonald's Australia has taken over two restaurants in north-west Victoria after a video went viral showing one of the company's franchisees harassing an Indigenous artist. Artist Robby Wirramanda filmed his neighbours Karen Ridge and Rob Vigors on his property verbally attacking him and trying to pull down an Aboriginal flag hanging from the side of his house. The company confirmed it had ended its relationship with Vigors in a Facebook post.

McDonald’s Australia statement regarding Robert Vigors: “McDonald’s confirms the Company has taken over the operation...

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6. Sydney's much-vaunted CBD light rail is now officially operating... but it's very slow. The new trams left some scratching their heads over the weekend, as the average travel time between Randwick and Circular Quay was about 50 minutes – not great when existing buses can do it in 35. The transport minister, Andrew Constance, says the trams will get faster as people get used to boarding and alighting them, and as traffic flows are better optimised.

Lunchtime ASX small cap wrap: Who’s keeping things a little (too) fresh today?

  Lunchtime ASX small cap wrap: Who’s keeping things a little (too) fresh today? Here at Stockhead, we understand the appeal of keeping your vehicle smelling fresh and clean. But the application of in-car air fresheners — like (almost) anything — is best done in moderation.

In Australia , you need to be about 45 to remember one in your career, let alone have managed a business through one. BONUS ITEM: People are the worst: Have a great day, popping all your fake pimples. You can get 10 things direct to your inbox each morning by punching your details into the

It needs 211 to make Australia bat again, on a pitch where England leg-spinner Mason Crane returned 1-193 in his first match, the worst figures ever for an English debutant. You can get 10 things direct to your inbox each morning by punching your details into the form below.

7. Find yourself perversely curious about how Boris Johnson celebrated his landslide victory last week?Allow me to indulge you. Apparently, he enjoyed a glass of wine and attended a Christmas party with Mick Jagger and Princess Beatrice. Ho hum. How droll.

8. A group of Democratic primary candidates in the US are threatening to skip the next official debate over a labour dispute. Campus food service workers at Loyola State University, where the debate is being held, are on strike after contract negotiations for better wages and healthcare broke down on Friday. Five candidates have threatened to pull out of the debate in solidarity with the workers.

9. Our friends in the US have pulled together a list of the top 10 brands which blew up with Gen Z this year. There are a few obvious ones which are reflected in Australia – like Uber – but a few of them, like hard seltzer brand White Claw, might point to forthcoming trends here.

10. If you're keeping an eye on the upcoming battle between the next generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles, it's becoming clearer and clearer the two will offer almost identical performance. Both consoles are running on almost identical specs, meaning the real battle will be software and the exclusive titles they manage to score.

10 at 10: These ASX stocks are marching ahead this morning

  10 at 10: These ASX stocks are marching ahead this morning Stockhead’s Top 10 at 10 highlights the best (and worst) performing ASX small caps in morning trade. It’s a short.It’s a short, sharp update to help frame the trading day by showing the biggest movers in percentage terms.

Thirty-two of those fires remain uncontained this morning . The worst blazes were in Ulladulla and Bemboka. Last night the RFS said all fires across the state are now at a watch and Have a great day. You can get 10 things direct to your inbox each morning by punching your details into the form below.

Australian and Asian shares are poised to a open little changed, and in earnings today, we’ll see Medibank, Virgin Australia , Coco-Cola Amatil and Santos. You can get 10 things direct to your inbox each morning by punching your details into the form below. Business Insider Emails & Alerts.

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If you haven't seen it yet, you really have to watch the video of Boris Johnson learning of the results in his electorate next to a fellow candidate in an Elmo costume, and another named 'Lord Buckethead'.

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