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Donald J. Trump, businessman and US president-elect, finally had his meeting with the New York Times this week. In their lengthy chat, the ascendant leader of the free world shared what appeared to be words of wisdom passed down to him by a cartoon sea captain: "The wind is a very deceiving thing."

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Video: I could tell you that this hay floating in the air and spinning around in a circle is a result of a dust devil, where hot air rises up through a small pocket of cooler, low-pressure air above it (kind of like a harmless mini-tornado). Or I could tell you that it's obviously dark magic at work and the dust devil is actually trying to suspend as much hay as possible in the air to open a hole into another dimension. I don't know. You decide.

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Video: Typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan Friday morning and reached winds of over 241km/h. According to the Weather Channel, three people have died and over 100 were injured due to the super typhoon. Seeing the incredible strength of the storm is truly terrifying — you can see the powerful winds tossing cars, shaking buildings and ripping the ground.

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Just 6 per cent of New South Wales is using renewable electricity. By contrast, Tasmania is on 95 per cent (but with good reason) and fellow mainlander South Australia is sitting at 40 per cent.

And with just $1.4m set aside in the budget to foster the renewable energy sector, the New South Wales doesn't seem to be keen to lift its ranking among the states from dead last to anything better.

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Video: Going up against winds over 161km/h? You're going to lose. Watch as weather observers Mike Dorfman and Tom Padham from the Mount Washington Observatory goof off on the observation deck off the mountain in New Hampshire to show us what it's like to stand, walk, and jump against 175km/h winds. The wind is so strong it pretty much acts like an invisible physical barrier.

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Here's some truly frightening footage of aeroplanes landing at Birmingham Airport in the UK. "Landing" actually might not be the best term for these though because the aeroplanes look more like they're spinning sideways and tilting out of control and praying that their wheels touch the ground instead of bouncing off like a basketball. These giant flying machines look more like toys than actual aeroplanes holding hundreds of people.

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Last year saw a lot of wind turbines and farms being built. So many, that in 2015, the wind industry installed more electricity-generating capacity than any other energy source in America. That's enough to power 19 million American homes.

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Dr Alan Finkel took over as Australia’s new Chief Scientist on January 25 this year. He is a respected neuroscientist, engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and was the Chancellor of Monash University from 2008 to 2015 and President of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE). He also established Axon Instruments, a supplier of electronic and robotic instruments and software for use in cellular neuroscience, genomics and drug discovery.

The Conversation asked Dr Finkel about his views on topics ranging from “techno-optimism” to renewable energy to encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Video: Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most devastating tropical cyclones in history. The Category 5 typhoon killed thousands and ravaged the Philippines with billions in damages that it's still recovering from. Here's a brief glimpse of what it was like to be inside the typhoon. It's absolutely frightening.

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According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, about 2.3 per cent of America's power is generated by wind. But wind power is becoming wildly popular all over the world. What would happen if a company put up so many wind turbines that they actually changed the climate on Earth? That's the subject of this week's podcast.

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Offshore wind energy is popular in many parts of the world, but it's never gained traction in the US. Now, a company called Deepwater Wind has announced that it's secured full funding to build America's first offshore wind farm, off of the coast of Rhode Island.