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Today's quotable quote: Will Rogers: If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?

This day in history: 03 February 2023: 15th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified (1870). Ratified during the post-Civil War Reconstruction Period, the 15th Amendment to the US Constitution was intended primarily to enfranchise former slaves. It states: "The right of citizens…to vote shall not be denied or abridged…on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.


Time Travellers

Hunter Brothers doing some mid-air mechanical checkups during their 23-day-long flight without landing in 1930. Over the 23 days, food and fuel were delivered to them periodically by another aeroplane., 02 February 2023

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Hunter Brothers doing some mid-air mechanical checkups during their 23-day-long flight without landing in 1930. Over the 23 days, food and fuel were delivered to them periodically by another aeroplane.



Historic Photographs

England 1932: The Dynasphere was a monowheel vehicle powered by an electric or petrol motor. The entire outer cylinder rotated and moved the vehicle while the driver and the motor were stationary inside. The weight of the motor and driver gave it a low center of gravity. More photos: http://bit.ly/3tyRi0j, 24 January 2023

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England 1932: The Dynasphere was a monowheel vehicle powered by an electric or petrol motor. The entire outer cylinder rotated and moved the vehicle while the driver and the motor were stationary inside. The weight of the motor and driver gave it a low center of gravity. More photos: http://bit.ly/3tyRi0j






History in Color

The 3rd MOST LIKED Instagram Post of 2022: Double leg amputee railway signalman, James Wide, photographed working alongside his pet and assistant, Jack Baboon, in Cape Town during the 1880s. James Wide purchased a chacma baboon in 1881 and trained him to push his wheelchair and operate the railway signals under supervision. Credit: color_byangelina on Instagram In the lead-up to the new year, every day we are sharing the colorizations that received the most likes on the HistoryColored Instagram page in 2022. Sitting 3rd in the top 15 most popular colorized photos of 2022 is this work by Angelina Karpunina, which received over 36 thousand likes in the year. Click the Link Below to see the list of the most liked HistoryColored Instagram Posts of 2022, which will be updated daily as the photos are revealed! ⁠ https://historycolored.com/photos/9883/top-15-most-popular-colorized-photos-of-2022-instagram-edition/, 15 December 2022

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The 3rd MOST LIKED Instagram Post of 2022: Double leg amputee railway signalman, James Wide, photographed working alongside his pet and assistant, Jack Baboon, in Cape Town during the 1880s. James Wide purchased a chacma baboon in 1881 and trained him to push his wheelchair and operate the railway signals under supervision. Credit: color_byangelina on Instagram In the lead-up to the new year, every day we are sharing the colorizations that received the most likes on the HistoryColored Instagram page in 2022. Sitting 3rd in the top 15 most popular colorized photos of 2022 is this work by Angelina Karpunina, which received over 36 thousand likes in the year. Click the Link Below to see the list of the most liked HistoryColored Instagram Posts of 2022, which will be updated daily as the photos are revealed! ⁠ https://historycolored.com/photos/9883/top-15-most-popular-colorized-photos-of-2022-instagram-edition/


PlaneHistoria

The Ball Turret on a B-17 Bomber circa 1943. The brave Gunners operating this small claustrophobic contraption had to endure sub-zero temperatures, hours spent breathing through an oxygen mask and cramping in their muscles from sitting hunched in a fetal position for long periods., 24 November 2022

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The Ball Turret on a B-17 Bomber circa 1943. The brave Gunners operating this small claustrophobic contraption had to endure sub-zero temperatures, hours spent breathing through an oxygen mask and cramping in their muscles from sitting hunched in a fetal position for long periods.


What is a red-lipped batfish?

sciencefocus.com, 23 November 2022

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Pucker up for this poor swimming, bottom dwelling, big mouthed, waddling fish.


Doctor Anna's Imaginarium

//If you’ve seen manatees up close and observed them for a while, no doubt you’ve seen some bubbles nearby. Sea cows often release gas as a part of their daily routine. But, from a scientific standpoint, there is research that shows manatees can control their buoyancy from farting. They use their digestive tract and the unmistakable flatulence they exhibit as a way to rise and sink in the water. But how does a fart make a manatee go up and down? Well, the sea cow can “hold it in” and that gas makes them a little lighter helping them to float near the surface. Or the manatee can “let it rip” releasing some gas and sink a little lower in the water. This releasing of gas isn’t like a jetpack on their back, zooming them to the bottom. But it does help them to slowly sink lower towards the bottom.// ... But they also have specialized lungs .. Read more: https://naplesmanateetours.com/how-do-manatees-control-their-buoyancy/, 23 November 2022

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//If you’ve seen manatees up close and observed them for a while, no doubt you’ve seen some bubbles nearby. Sea cows often release gas as a part of their daily routine. But, from a scientific standpoint, there is research that shows manatees can control their buoyancy from farting. They use their digestive tract and the unmistakable flatulence they exhibit as a way to rise and sink in the water. But how does a fart make a manatee go up and down? Well, the sea cow can “hold it in” and that gas makes them a little lighter helping them to float near the surface. Or the manatee can “let it rip” releasing some gas and sink a little lower in the water. This releasing of gas isn’t like a jetpack on their back, zooming them to the bottom. But it does help them to slowly sink lower towards the bottom.// ... But they also have specialized lungs .. Read more: https://naplesmanateetours.com/how-do-manatees-control-their-buoyancy/


Who Is The Toughest Of History's Elite 'Super Soldiers'?

ranker.com, 20 November 2022

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Since the dawn of civilization, there have been warriors who have sought to conquer neighboring territories under a single king or have dedicated their lives to defending their peoples against ruthless invaders. Though the motivations of these warriors have evolved through time - as well as their...


Back to Nature

An 80-year-old tortoise and her babies 🥰, 20 November 2022

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An 80-year-old tortoise and her babies 🥰





Creative Systems Thinking

If you cultivate a mushroom in a petri bowl on agar agar, its actual ′′ shape ′′ becomes visible. The essential part of a mushroom, the Mycel, is usually hidden from our eye. What we perceive as a ′′ mushroom ′′ is only its transient fruit body. Credit: Aimee Cornwell Instagram: @peggyfarmandforage, 19 October 2022

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If you cultivate a mushroom in a petri bowl on agar agar, its actual ′′ shape ′′ becomes visible. The essential part of a mushroom, the Mycel, is usually hidden from our eye. What we perceive as a ′′ mushroom ′′ is only its transient fruit body. Credit: Aimee Cornwell Instagram: @peggyfarmandforage



The nature book

Only in Iceland you can get this once in a lifetime view., 09 October 2022

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Only in Iceland you can get this once in a lifetime view.

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In the news

CRISPR study questions everything we know about "love hormone" oxytocin: Using cutting-edge gene editing technology researchers have engineered prairie voles with no oxytocin receptors. Posted on 03 February 2023.

Samsung takes mobile photography to 200 megapixels with Galaxy S23 Ultra: Samsung has held its first in-person Galaxy Unpacked event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, launching new premium smartphones and a trio of 2-in-1 laptops – though the Galaxy S23 Ultra stole the limelight with its 200-MP camera. Posted on 02 February 2023.

Why The Failure By Funders To Require Academics To Retain Copyright In Their Papers Is The Biggest Obstacle To Open Access Today: Back in August last year, Techdirt covered a major announcement by the US government that all taxpayer-supported research should be immediately available to the public at no cost. Posted on 03 February 2023.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Fri 03: sky is clear

    17 ° - 24 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 04: sky is clear

    18 ° - 26 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sun 05: overcast clouds

    19 ° - 22 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 98 %
  • Mon 06: sky is clear

    18 ° - 26 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Tue 07: light rain

    19 ° - 22 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 100 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

India's Attempts To Censor BBC Documentary Make More People Want To See It: The Indian government has dismissed the series, which is critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, as "propaganda. Posted on 26 January 2023.

Rare Look at Bill Gates’ Wall-Mounted Periodic Table in His Office with Samples of Most Elements: Bill Gates has many things in his office just outside Seattle, including a wall-mounted periodic table with samples of most elements. Posted on 03 February 2023.

Top 10 AI Content Generator & Writer Tools in 2022: Are you looking for a way to create content that is both effective and efficient? If so, then you should consider using an AI content generator. Posted on 15 November 2022.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 28 December 2021.

Some popular accounts likely to disappear from Twitter as Elon Musk ends free access to API: Move to pay-for-access application program interface continues platform owner’s push for revenueFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe latest set of changes to Twitter will likely spell the end of some of your favourite accounts, tools and features, as the platform’s owner, Elon Musk, continues to look for ways to increase revenue. Posted on 03 February 2023.

Pioneering NHS trial targets brain tumours before surgery: Exclusive: Radiotherapy prior to operation could be key to reducing likelihood of tumours regrowing quickly, researchers sayThe NHS has begun a world-first clinical trial of a pioneering treatment technique aimed at extending the lives of people with brain tumours. Posted on 03 February 2023.

How to transfer photos from your Android device to your Windows computer: You can transfer photos from your Android phone to your Windows PC using a variety of methods. Posted on 03 February 2023.

Bird flu 'spills over' to otters and foxes in UK: Scientists will monitor the virus, but UK health chiefs say the risk to the public is very low. Posted on 02 February 2023.

Netflix’s US Password-Sharing Crackdown Isn’t Happening—Yet: Accidental revisions to a US Help Center page sparked confusion about the streamer's next moves. Posted on 02 February 2023.

Amazon reports its first unprofitable year since 2014: The biggest culprit was Amazon hefty investment in the electric automaker Rivian, whose value plummeted last year. Posted on 02 February 2023.

Probing researchers strike gold to stop the trots in pigs: Gold nanorod probes combined with an optical microscope can now be used to detect signs of a highly contagious and lethal virus that poses a major threat to the swine industry worldwide. Posted on 03 February 2023.

Alphabet’s Profit Falls 34% Amid Ads Slowdown: Google’s parent company reported its fourth consecutive drop in quarterly profit, weeks after culling 6 percent of its work force to cut costs. Posted on 03 February 2023.

Montana man spots Chinese spy balloon flying over US: The Pentagon is tracking a Chinese surveillance balloon that has been hovering for days over continental America, on the eve of . Posted on 03 February 2023.

These Extinct Elephants Were Neanderthals’ ‘Biggest Calorie Bombs’: A study of butchered bones from 125,000 years ago offers what researchers call “the first clear-cut evidence of elephant-hunting in human evolution. Posted on 03 February 2023.

A single-shot treatment to protect infants from RSV may be coming soon: The illness sends tens of thousands of babies to the hospital each year. Posted on 02 February 2023.

FC Barcelona Could Sell Jordi Alba And Two More Catalan Defenders In 2023: It has been suggested that Jordi Alba and two other defenders could leave FC Barcelona this year ahead of the 2023/2024 season. Posted on 03 February 2023.

Planting More Trees In Cities Could Cut Deaths From Summer Heat, Says Study: Planting more trees could mean fewer people die from increasingly high summer temperatures in cities, a study suggests. Posted on 03 February 2023.

Facebook restores Trump's account, two years after Jan. 6: Facebook announced that it will be restoring former President Donald Trump’s personal account in the upcoming weeks. Posted on 26 January 2023.

Rat brain injuries 'plugged' with lab-grown human minibrains in world-first experiment: Scientists transplanted human brain organoids into rats to repair injuries to their visual processing systems. Posted on 02 February 2023.

Meet the scientist at the center of the covid lab leak controversy: On a foggy morning in early February last year, dozens of journalists from around the world gathered outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Posted on 09 February 2022.


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

  • Fri 03: sky is clear

    17 ° - 24 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 04: sky is clear

    18 ° - 26 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sun 05: overcast clouds

    19 ° - 22 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 98 %
  • Mon 06: sky is clear

    18 ° - 26 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Tue 07: light rain

    19 ° - 22 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Wed 08: overcast clouds

    19 ° - 26 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 98 %
  • Thu 09: few clouds

    17 ° - 26 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 19 %
  • Fri 10: sky is clear

    18 ° - 26 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 11: sky is clear

    19 ° - 27 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Sun 12: scattered clouds

    19 ° - 22 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 46 %
  • Mon 13: sky is clear

    18 ° - 24 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Tue 14: sky is clear

    19 ° - 24 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Wed 15: light rain

    18 ° - 22 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 79 %
  • Thu 16: light rain

    18 ° - 20 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 99 %
  • Fri 17: broken clouds

    17 ° - 21 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 73 %
  • Sat 18: scattered clouds

    18 ° - 23 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 25 %