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This day in history: 19 March 2019: René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Murdered by His Own Men (1687). La Salle was a celebrated French explorer of North America. He began exploring the Great Lakes in 1679, setting up forts in the region and organizing a federation of native American tribes to fight the Iroquois. Given power to colonize the region between Lake Michigan and the Gulf of Mexico, he set sail in 1684 for the mouth of the Mississippi River, which he was ultimately unable to locate.

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In the news

Aston Martin's head of creative, Marek Reichman, talks us through his design philosophy: Aston Martin has broken out of its shackles since 2015, firing out a surprisingly diverse range of new cars, including the wild Valkyrie, sporty Vantage and the muscular DBS Superleggera. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Monster Energy Loses Trademark Opposition As UK IPO Mentions That The Letter 'M' Isn't Distinctive: Monster Energy: is there no trademark opposition they can't lose? The drink company, which might be more well known at this point for its trademark bullying than its beverages, has been handed loss after loss after loss after loss in trademark oppositions to everything from industrial paint manufacturers to the NBA and on to other beverage companies. Posted on 19 March 2019.

From foam to bone: Plant cellulose can pave the way for healthy bone implants: Researchers from the University of British Columbia and McMaster University have developed what could be the bone implant material of the future: an airy, foamlike substance from plant cellulose that can be injected into the body and provide scaffolding for the growth of new bone. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Wed 20: light rain

    17 ° - 21 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 64 %
  • Thu 21: sky is clear

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  • Fri 22: scattered clouds

    18 ° - 21 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 48 %
  • Sat 23: sky is clear

    17 ° - 23 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sun 24: light rain

    17 ° - 21 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 16 %

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News (continued)

Facebook Removes 1.5 Million Videos Of New Zealand Shooting: The platform stopped 1. Posted on 17 March 2019.

These 7 New Gadgets Might Actually Help You Sleep Better: Research conducted by Seniors shows that health is an area that we are embracing with technology, with 85. Posted on 13 March 2019.

Sprint customers say a glitch exposed other people’s account information: Several Sprint customers have said they are seeing other customers’ personal information in their online accounts. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Search committee for Cornell Tech dean announced: Provost Michael Kotlikoff and Deputy Provost John Silicianowill co-chair the search committee for the next Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean of Cornell Tech. Posted on 15 March 2019.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 09 March 2019.

Academic at centre of Cambridge Analytica scandal sues Facebook: Tech company’s attempts to pin blame on Aleksandr Kogan are defamatory, says lawyerThe academic at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica scandal is suing Facebook for defamation over the social network’s claims that he lied about why he was harvesting personal data from profiles on the site. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Pole position: human body might be able to pick up on Earth's magnetic field: Scientists say there are signs of humans having a subconscious magnetic senseIt sounds like a power to be boasted of by the X-Men, but researchers say humans might have the ability to pick up on Earth’s magnetic field. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Three levels of government to give Adelaide AU$551m 'innovation' boost: The Adelaide City Deal will see the Australian Space Agency headquarters given 'high-tech' and artistic neighbours. Posted on 19 March 2019.

UK scientists join race for lab-grown meat: Researchers have grown animal cells on blades of grass - could a slaughter-free bacon supply be feasible?. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Boeing’s 737 Crash, Tesla’s Model Y, and More News This Week: This week’s transportation news focused on two major stories: the investigation into the fatal crash of Ethiopian Flight 302 and Elon Musk’s reveal of Tesla’s new baby SUV. Posted on 17 March 2019.

Russia Criminalizes The Spread Of Online News Which 'Disrespects' The Government: President Vladimir Putin signed the new law, which allows punishment of individuals with fines and jail time for the spread of "fake news. Posted on 18 March 2019.

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Food safety: Dung beetles and soil bacteria reduce risk of human pathogens: Food safety regulations increasingly pressure growers to remove hedgerows, ponds and other natural habitats from farms to keep out pathogen-carrying wildlife and livestock. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Lyft Sets $23 Billion Value as High-End Goal for I.P.O.: The ride-hailing company Lyft is trying to persuade investors to grab a piece of what will be one of the biggest public offerings of the year. Posted on 18 March 2019.

PagerDuty Joins A Flurry Of Silicon Valley Companies Planning To Go Public This Year: On Friday, operations management software company, PagerDuty, filed for an S-1 in a step forward in going public joining a band of startups planning to launch their IPO in 2019. Posted on 15 March 2019.

Netflix says it will not join Apple TV service: Netflix Inc, the world's dominant streaming service, will not make its TV shows and movies available through Apple Inc's upcoming video offering, Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings said on Monday. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Google open-sources project for sandboxing C/C++ libraries on Linux: Support for other programming languages to be added in future releases. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Space Is Very Big. Some of Its New Explorers Will Be Tiny.: A replica of the MarCO cubesats at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Cannabis 101 At The University Of Connecticut: With expanding markets for hemp and marijuana, some students believe that taking the class could help their careers. Posted on 16 March 2019.

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Hip hop best bet for a cheese that will please: Swiss study: Exposing cheese to round-the-clock music could give it more flavor and hip hop might be better than Mozart, Swiss researchers said on Thursday. Posted on 15 March 2019.

Scientists Grow 'Mini-Brain On the Move' That Can Contract Muscle: An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists have grown a miniature brain in a dish with a spinal cord and muscles attached, an advance that promises to accelerate the study of conditions such as motor neurone disease. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Rugged Iditarod race gains high-tech support: This year the off-the-grid sled dog race takes on a virtual dimension. Posted on 01 January 1970.

A running list of how President Trump is changing environmental policy: The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U. Posted on 15 March 2019.

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

Sneaky Meteor Evades Earthling Detection, Explodes with Force of 10 Atomic Bombs: One of the largest meteor impacts in modern history occurred over Russia on Dec. Posted on 18 March 2019.

The man who helped invent virtual assistants thinks they’re doomed without a new AI approach: Boris Katz has spent his career trying to help machines master language. Posted on 19 March 2019.

Dems ask: did Trump 'compromise classified information' with phones?: A veteran of the Bush/Cheney team said Trump's use of unsecured phones "may be the largest, most significant breach of White House communications in history. Posted on 19 March 2019.

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

  • Wed 20: light rain

    17 ° - 21 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 64 %
  • Thu 21: sky is clear

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Fri 22: scattered clouds

    18 ° - 21 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 48 %
  • Sat 23: sky is clear

    17 ° - 23 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sun 24: light rain

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  • Mon 25: sky is clear

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  • Tue 26: sky is clear

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  • Wed 27: sky is clear

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  • Thu 28: light rain

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  • Fri 29: moderate rain

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  • Sat 30: light rain

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  • Sun 31: sky is clear

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