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Today's quotable quote: Robert Graves: The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good.

This day in history: 20 July 2018: Transylvanian Noble György Dózsa Roasted and Eaten as Punishment (1514). Known for his wartime valor, Dózsa was tasked with leading an army for Pope Leo X's crusade in 1514. Though he assembled some 100,000 peasants, plans for the crusade were suddenly suspended. The peasants refused to disband, deciding instead to avenge mistreatment by their landlords. Rebellion quickly became full-scale revolution, with Dózsa's troops murdering nobles and burning castles.






Hashem Al-Ghaili

Posted on 12 July 2018

Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year.


Interesting Engineering

Posted on 11 July 2018

This ocean waves power plant is the first of its kind in all of Latin America..





BBC Earth

Posted on 29 June 2018

"I never imagined there would be quite so many of you who would be inspired to want change." - Sir David Attenborough What is your #PlasticsAction?



Interesting Engineering

Posted on 28 June 2018

This airbag for phones can keep your device safe when you drop it on the ground via Landesschau Baden-Württemberg ADcase


How Do Star Wars Ships Stack Up Aerodynamically?

interestingengineering.com, 22 June 2018

A YouTuber has put 3D models of the Star Wars ships into a virtual air tunnel to test their aerodynamic capabilities. He determines each ship's drag coefficient and discusses how each ship performs in comparison to each other.






Weird Wild World

Posted on 15 June 2018

Inside the world of competitive whistling.



It's Cheaper to Uber Than Own a Car in These Cities

lifehacker.com, 04 June 2018

This week Mary Meeker from the investment firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers released her 2018 annual internet trends report. There were a lot of tidbits in there covering everything from what city is likely to be the next big tech hub to how people are shopping on the internet. It also tackled ano...




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In the news

Liquid metal feeds Stanford's new high-voltage flow battery: Flow batteries have the potential to help store energy on a large scale, and might be particularly useful to back up renewable sources, but there are a few issues still to overcome. Posted on 20 July 2018.

Texas A&M Wins Trademark Suit Against Soap Company In Washington State By Playing Six Degrees Of Trademark Licensing: Readers here will likely be aware of the tortured history of Texas A&M's "12th Man" trademark. Posted on 20 July 2018.

Scientists identify most pressing issues posed by chemicals in the environment: Chemicals released into the environment by human activity are resulting in biodiversity loss; increased natural hazards; threats to food, water and energy security; negative impacts on human health and degradation of environmental quality. Posted on 20 July 2018.


Cape Town weather

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News (continued)

Facebook Will Remove Fake Content Meant To Incite Violence: Activists have argued for months that Facebook has been used to target ethnic minorities in some countries. Posted on 19 July 2018.

Why Shower Filters are Good for Your Health: Shower Filter The best shower filter performs multiple functions of water filtering, hardness removal, disinfection, energizing, and natural medication. Posted on 26 June 2018.

WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to reduce spam and misinformation: In a bid to cut down on the spread of false information and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels that indicate when a message has been forwarded. Posted on 20 July 2018.

Predicting when online conversations turn toxic: Cornell researchers have created a model to predict which civil conversations on the Internet might take a toxic turn. Posted on 12 July 2018.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 12 April 2018.

Facebook's plan to kill dangerous fake news is ambitious – and perhaps impossible: New policy to tackle content that could fuel violence may be well-meaning, but the complexity of the task is mind-bogglingFacebook has been grappling with its role in spreading false news and disinformation for a few years, but a spate of mob violence in India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar have spurred the social network into a knee-jerk policy change. Posted on 20 July 2018.

Weird new fruits could hit aisles soon thanks to gene-editing: Supermarkets stocked with peach-flavoured strawberries and seedless tomatoes on horizon, scientists saySmooth or hairy, pungent or tasteless, deep-hued or bright: new versions of old fruits could be hitting the produce aisles as plant experts embrace cutting-edge technology, scientists say. Posted on 20 July 2018.

WhatsApp to cap message forwards in India: WhatsApp is trialling a limit on forwarding messages in India in an effort to curb rumours being spread through the messaging service. Posted on 20 July 2018.

Slowing Gulf Stream current to boost warming for 20 years: The Atlantic system that warms the UK is slowing down but this may cause even more heating. Posted on 19 July 2018.

Elizabeth Holmes’ Downfall Has Been Explained Deeply—By Men: No one seems to have listened to the Theranos founder in her own words. Posted on 19 July 2018.

How Video Games Can Help Us Explore Ideas About Race: Gaming conventions generate hype for one of the biggest media industries in the world. Posted on 19 July 2018.

A physics treasure hidden in a wallpaper pattern: An international team of scientists has discovered a new, exotic form of insulating material with a metallic surface that could enable more efficient electronics or even quantum computing. Posted on 20 July 2018.

U.S.-Funded Broadcaster Directed Ads to Americans: The Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty newsroom. Posted on 19 July 2018.

How US Retail Giant Kroger Is Using AI And Robots To Prepare For The 4th Industrial Revolution: Traditional grocery retailers are trying to develop omnichannel approaches to stay viable for the 4th industrial revolution. Posted on 20 July 2018.

SoftBank's Vision Fund to invest $1 billion in China AI startup: Bloomberg: SoftBank Group Corp's Vision Fund is seeking to invest almost $1 billion in SenseTime Group Ltd, a Chinese facial recognition technology developer, Bloomberg reported on Friday. Posted on 20 July 2018.

Microsoft crosses $100 billion annual revenue mark for the first time: Microsoft officials say the company also closed the highest number of multi-million-dollar deals ever across its commercial cloud during its fiscal 2018. Posted on 20 July 2018.

Trilobites: Why Are Some Crows Committing Acts of Necrophilia?: It's a macabre tale of bird behavior research. Posted on 19 July 2018.

Migrating Arctic Geese Are Confused, Exhausted By Rising Temperatures: Warmer weather means that barnacle geese fly faster to their breeding grounds, leaving them too tired to lay eggs right away. Posted on 19 July 2018.

Queen Elizabeth owns how many swans? Annual count gets underway: An 800-year-old tradition of counting the swans owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth started on Monday, an annual ceremony of "swan upping" that in modern times has become a means of wildlife conservation. Posted on 17 July 2018.

AI Plus a Chemistry Robot Finds All the Reactions That Will Work: A team of researchers at Glasgow University have built a robot that uses machine learning to run and analyze its own chemical reaction. Posted on 01 January 1970.

From Russia, with hashtags? How social bots dilute online speech: Pro-Kremlin accounts on Twitter are auto-posting “decoy” hashtags to limit the social reach of real hashtags, illustrating one of the ways that malevolent social bots throw sand in the gears of our political discourse. Posted on 01 January 1970.

A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment: The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U. Posted on 05 July 2018.

Facebook and Google urged to set up independent regulator to avoid internet laws: . Posted on 25 January 2018.

Syphilis: Symptoms & Treatment: Syphilis is the third most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Posted on 19 July 2018.

IBM thinks blockchains can help reduce carbon emissions: It’s turning carbon credits into crypto-tokens—part of a scheme to create a massive marketplace of novel digital assets. Posted on 20 July 2018.

Tips And Tricks For Picking A Quality Fort Collins Fence And Gate Contractor For Your Requirements: Don't simply presume a fence and gate repair work setup specialist is reputable if he appears nice when giving you an estimate. Posted on 20 July 2018.


Some of the tech in my workday

Best programming language?

The PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google.

The TIOBE Programming Community index measures popularity based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses, third party vendors and search engine activity.

w3techs analyses page content to determine the technology used, and also uses publicly available information from sources such as Alexa, Google, Microsoft and ipinfo.io.

While Java and Python top the popularity charts, more than 80% of all websites run on PHP.


Longer term weather forecast

Cape Town weather

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