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This day in history: 17 May 2022: Brown v. Board of Education Decided (1954). In 1951, a class action suit was filed against the Board of Education of the City of Topeka, Kansas, by 13 African-American parents on behalf of their children. The plaintiffs argued that segregating schools along racial lines violated the students' 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law. The case was heard by the US Supreme Court, which unanimously agreed that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.


Earth Mazing

When sperm whales need a nap, they take a deep breath, dive down about 45 feet and arrange themselves into perfectly-level, vertical patterns. They sleep sound and still for up to two hours at a time between breaths, in pods of 5 or 6 whales, presumably for protection. No one knew whales slept vertically until a 2008 study documented the behavior. And no one captured really good photography of it in the wild until 2017. French photographer Stephane Granzotto was documenting sperm whales in the Mediterranean for his book on the creatures when he came across these sleeping whales., 15 May 2022

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When sperm whales need a nap, they take a deep breath, dive down about 45 feet and arrange themselves into perfectly-level, vertical patterns. They sleep sound and still for up to two hours at a time between breaths, in pods of 5 or 6 whales, presumably for protection. No one knew whales slept vertically until a 2008 study documented the behavior. And no one captured really good photography of it in the wild until 2017. French photographer Stephane Granzotto was documenting sperm whales in the Mediterranean for his book on the creatures when he came across these sleeping whales.


Time Travellers

1929 Rocket Car of Upstate New York, 14 May 2022

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1929 Rocket Car of Upstate New York


The Fabulous Weird Trotters

A mother wolf spider carrying her babies. Credits : Nightfall Photograph, 12 May 2022

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A mother wolf spider carrying her babies. Credits : Nightfall Photograph


Amazing Things

This is how enemy aircraft were detected before the invention of radars., 12 May 2022

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This is how enemy aircraft were detected before the invention of radars.


C O N N E C T I N G

A Magical View in Iceland💚🖤, 03 May 2022

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A Magical View in Iceland💚🖤


Architecture Hub

Fenghuang Ancient Town, China See more: themindcircle.com/fenghuang, 16 April 2022

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Fenghuang Ancient Town, China See more: themindcircle.com/fenghuang


World Beauties and Wonders

Atacama, Chile is the land of geoglyphs. Among the nearly 5,000 glyphs discovered there in the past 50 years, none is greater than the Atacama Giant. The largest prehistoric representation of a humanoid figure, it stretches 390ft or 119 metres. Difficult to age, it is believed to have been created between 600 and 1500CE. Thought by some to be an extraterrestrial being who had contact with humans, the glyph is located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) south of the Nazca Lines in Peru….🗿 page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo ), 16 April 2022

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Atacama, Chile is the land of geoglyphs. Among the nearly 5,000 glyphs discovered there in the past 50 years, none is greater than the Atacama Giant. The largest prehistoric representation of a humanoid figure, it stretches 390ft or 119 metres. Difficult to age, it is believed to have been created between 600 and 1500CE. Thought by some to be an extraterrestrial being who had contact with humans, the glyph is located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) south of the Nazca Lines in Peru….🗿 page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo )



Amazing Things

This is the strongest leaf in the world, the Victoria Water Lilly, capable of holding up a human., 13 April 2022

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This is the strongest leaf in the world, the Victoria Water Lilly, capable of holding up a human.


World Beauties and Wonders

Looking a lot like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, this crystal cave was only discovered 20 years ago outside Pulpi, Spain. Found beneath a silver mine, geologists quickly realized it was not exactly a cave. At 160ft deep it was determined that this egg shaped cavern was actually one of the largest geodes known to exist. The selenite crystals are believed to have started growing through a self-feeding mechanism of salt provided by dissolving calcium sulphate. Geologists have yet to date the age of the crystals… page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo ), 13 April 2022

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Looking a lot like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, this crystal cave was only discovered 20 years ago outside Pulpi, Spain. Found beneath a silver mine, geologists quickly realized it was not exactly a cave. At 160ft deep it was determined that this egg shaped cavern was actually one of the largest geodes known to exist. The selenite crystals are believed to have started growing through a self-feeding mechanism of salt provided by dissolving calcium sulphate. Geologists have yet to date the age of the crystals… page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo )


Amazing Things

Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills. The library, located in the Çankaya district of Ankara, was founded after sanitation workers started collecting discarded books. For months, the garbage men gathered forsaken books., 13 April 2022

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Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills. The library, located in the Çankaya district of Ankara, was founded after sanitation workers started collecting discarded books. For months, the garbage men gathered forsaken books.


Historic Photographs

Drive-in Diners were very popular, this one didn’t require a server on skates. The Motormat drive-in, invented by Kenneth C.Purdy, where the food tray was sent out on rails (1948) Los Angeles. The little awnings provide a quaint touch., 10 April 2022

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Drive-in Diners were very popular, this one didn’t require a server on skates. The Motormat drive-in, invented by Kenneth C.Purdy, where the food tray was sent out on rails (1948) Los Angeles. The little awnings provide a quaint touch.


World Beauties and Wonders

This image is of the Namibian Desert... exactly where it meets the sea. page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo ), 09 April 2022

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This image is of the Namibian Desert... exactly where it meets the sea. page:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/anatolianleo )




Mind Blowing Facts

I could go back to 10 hours of sleep every night!, 08 April 2022

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I could go back to 10 hours of sleep every night!


Our World

Henningsvaer Idrettslag Stadium, located in the small fishing village of Henningsvær, Lofoten islands, Norway. Henningsvaer stadium has acquired global renown for its spectacular setting as it overlooks the beautiful Norwegian Sea not far from the Arctic Circle. 📷 Unknown (Credit to owner), 27 March 2022

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Henningsvaer Idrettslag Stadium, located in the small fishing village of Henningsvær, Lofoten islands, Norway. Henningsvaer stadium has acquired global renown for its spectacular setting as it overlooks the beautiful Norwegian Sea not far from the Arctic Circle. 📷 Unknown (Credit to owner)


Traces of History and Archeology and Art

LIGHTHOUSE, Þrídrangaviti, Westman Islands, Iceland 🇮🇸 (Photo by: Morgunblaðið/Árni Sæberg, 2009) Precariously perched on a rock pillar in the Westman Islands around six miles from Iceland’s mainland, the Þrídrangaviti lighthouse is arguably the most isolated lighthouse in the world, and most definitely the scariest. The solitary structure, sitting some 120ft above the raging North Atlantic sea was built in 1939 (without helicopters), which makes imagining how they ever built this place, even more impossible. Sæberg flew with the national coastguard helicopter, TF LÍF to take the photo of the lighthouse. It's quite incredible how people actually managed to build this lighthouse, just as WW2 began. In 1939 there were no helicopters so people would have had to sail to the cliff and scale it. In an old article in Morgunblaðið, project director Árni G. Þórarinsson says in an interview, "The first thing we had to do was create a road up to the cliff. We got together of experienced mountaineers, all from the Westman Islands. Then we brought drills, hammers, chains, and clamps to secure the chains. Once they got near the top there was no way to get any grip on the rock so one of them got down on his knees, the second stood on his back, and then the third climbed on top of the other two and was able to reach the nib of the cliff above. I cannot even tell you how I was feeling whilst witnessing this incredibly dangerous procedure." Þrídrangar, the three pillars of rock are in fact four pillars named Stóridrangur, Þúfudrangur, Klofadrangur and the fourth one is nameless. In 1938 a road was constructed to Stóridrangur and the following year the lighthouse was raised. Many years later a helipad was set up on Stóridrangur where helicopters can land. Please follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/tracesofhistory0/ 👍🏻, 23 March 2022

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LIGHTHOUSE, Þrídrangaviti, Westman Islands, Iceland 🇮🇸 (Photo by: Morgunblaðið/Árni Sæberg, 2009) Precariously perched on a rock pillar in the Westman Islands around six miles from Iceland’s mainland, the Þrídrangaviti lighthouse is arguably the most isolated lighthouse in the world, and most definitely the scariest. The solitary structure, sitting some 120ft above the raging North Atlantic sea was built in 1939 (without helicopters), which makes imagining how they ever built this place, even more impossible. Sæberg flew with the national coastguard helicopter, TF LÍF to take the photo of the lighthouse. It's quite incredible how people actually managed to build this lighthouse, just as WW2 began. In 1939 there were no helicopters so people would have had to sail to the cliff and scale it. In an old article in Morgunblaðið, project director Árni G. Þórarinsson says in an interview, "The first thing we had to do was create a road up to the cliff. We got together of experienced mountaineers, all from the Westman Islands. Then we brought drills, hammers, chains, and clamps to secure the chains. Once they got near the top there was no way to get any grip on the rock so one of them got down on his knees, the second stood on his back, and then the third climbed on top of the other two and was able to reach the nib of the cliff above. I cannot even tell you how I was feeling whilst witnessing this incredibly dangerous procedure." Þrídrangar, the three pillars of rock are in fact four pillars named Stóridrangur, Þúfudrangur, Klofadrangur and the fourth one is nameless. In 1938 a road was constructed to Stóridrangur and the following year the lighthouse was raised. Many years later a helipad was set up on Stóridrangur where helicopters can land. Please follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/tracesofhistory0/ 👍🏻


The Jesus And Mary Chain

Released on this day 30 years ago in 1992. Available on the following streaming platforms: Qobuz: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/honeys-dead-the-jesus-and-mary-chain/0825646642588 Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/honeys-dead-expanded-version/464697396 Tidal: tidal.com/browse/album/7985624 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/393zSY3AcIiFZFEvBXaoum?si=Hs1qxQAcS36EFyHyLJELIQ, 23 March 2022

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Released on this day 30 years ago in 1992. Available on the following streaming platforms: Qobuz: https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/album/honeys-dead-the-jesus-and-mary-chain/0825646642588 Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/honeys-dead-expanded-version/464697396 Tidal: tidal.com/browse/album/7985624 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/393zSY3AcIiFZFEvBXaoum?si=Hs1qxQAcS36EFyHyLJELIQ



The Reptile Report

So itty bitty! ZTH Photography photographed this tiny pygmy chameleon. TRR is made possible by Reptile Supply, 12 March 2022

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So itty bitty! ZTH Photography photographed this tiny pygmy chameleon. TRR is made possible by Reptile Supply

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In the news

Tiny dental nanobots generate heat to deep clean the teeth: The buildup of bacteria deep in our teeth can cause infections in difficult-to-reach areas, and scientists at the Indian Institute of Science have developed a set of tiny cleaning robots they believe are up to the task. Posted on 17 May 2022.

Teenage Engineering goes update crazy for field version of iconic OP-1 synth: Last month, Sweden's Teenage Engineering launched the first in a new line of portable audio products, the gorgeous but expensive TX-6 mixer. Posted on 16 May 2022.

Conde Nast Threatens Pub In The UK For Existing In Town Called Vogue: Conde Nast has shown itself to be heavy-handed in the past when it comes to IP laws. Posted on 17 May 2022.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Tue 17: sky is clear

    17 ° - 24 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 10 %
  • Wed 18: light rain

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 99 %
  • Thu 19: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 86 %
  • Fri 20: light rain

    13 ° - 15 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 95 %
  • Sat 21: scattered clouds

    12 ° - 16 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 46 %

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News (continued)

Trump Plans To Restrict His Use Of Twitter To Benefit Truth Social: The former president has agreed to a partial six-hour delay in using other social media sites in a bid to prioritize his fledgling app, according to a new federal securities filing. Posted on 16 May 2022.

Squad Solar City Car is a Micro EV That Can Be Driven Without a License in Some EU Countries: Forget electric scooters, the Squad Solar City Car is here, and it doesn’t even require a license to drive in some EU countries. Posted on 17 May 2022.

What is Blockchain: Everything You Need to Know (2022): If you want to pay online, you need to register an account and provide credit card information. Posted on 18 April 2022.

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

$7.6bn of ‘stablecoin’ tether redeemed since start of crypto crisis: Figures suggest company has paid out more than total cash on hand, as terra backers prepare relaunchDigital investors have withdrawn savings in the “stablecoin” tether worth $7. Posted on 17 May 2022.

New US lab to create versions of atoms never recorded on Earth: By studying isotopes scientists hope to gain insight into how elements within exploding stars came to beFrom carbon to uranium, oxygen to iron, chemical elements are the building blocks of the world around us and the wider universe. Posted on 17 May 2022.

Tableau adds automated, plain-language explanations to dashboards: With the new Data Stories feature, Tableau users shouldn't have to spend time repeatedly explaining the dashboards they've built. Posted on 17 May 2022.

Full lunar eclipse creates rare super blood Moon: Its hue was created by sunlight being projected through the Earth's atmosphere onto the Moon. Posted on 16 May 2022.

How to Order Your Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests: The US government is sending 8 more at-home tests to every household. Posted on 16 May 2022.

In Silicon Valley, startups are laying off staff as investors pull back from big tech: In the startup world, investors are pulling back, companies are laying off employees and IPOs are being delayed. Posted on 16 May 2022.

Seeing through the fog: Pinpointing young stars and their protoplanetary disks: Imagine walking through a dense, hazy fog in the middle of the night, seeing patches of light from cars and towns shimmering in the distance. Posted on 16 May 2022.

After Buffalo Shooting Video Spreads, Social Platforms Face Questions: Gunmen say they are influenced by online screeds and broadcasts of past shootings. Posted on 17 May 2022.

Defenders of Ukrainian steel mill declare mission complete after fighters evacuated to Russia-controlled areas: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the evacuation to separatist-controlled territory was done to save the lives of the fighters who endured weeks of Russian assaults. Posted on 17 May 2022.

Alibaba Cloud opens third data centre in Germany: Frankfurt facility will support the Chinese tech giant's customers across Europe, offering various cloud services including artificial intelligence and database. Posted on 17 May 2022.

What’s Down the Road for Silicon?: Meet the new materials overpowering the electric economy. Posted on 17 May 2022.

Missouri scientists work to save lake sturgeon by electronically tracking them: With a decreasing population of lake sturgeon, nine states have listed the species as endangered. Posted on 16 May 2022.

Defenders of Ukrainian steel mill declare mission complete after fighters evacuated to Russia-controlled areas: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the evacuation to separatist-controlled territory was done to save the lives of the fighters who endured weeks of Russian assaults. Posted on 17 May 2022.

New Study Lays Out Hidden Backstory Behind Deadly Pacific Northwest Heatwave: An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys. Posted on 17 May 2022.

Google diversifies its translation service, adds 24 languages: This week Google added 24 languages to its translation service, including South American, African, and South Asian languages not commonly found on popular tech products. Posted on 13 May 2022.

Nuzzling T. rexes and grappling sauropods: Dinosaurs on 'Prehistoric Planet' will astonish you: "Prehistoric Planet" on Apple TV+ presents dinosaurs as we've never seen them before by pairing wildlife filmmakers and David Attenborough narration with Hollywood visual effects. Posted on 16 May 2022.

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

  • Tue 17: sky is clear

    17 ° - 24 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 10 %
  • Wed 18: light rain

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 99 %
  • Thu 19: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 86 %
  • Fri 20: light rain

    13 ° - 15 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 95 %
  • Sat 21: scattered clouds

    12 ° - 16 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 46 %
  • Sun 22: broken clouds

    13 ° - 17 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 60 %
  • Mon 23: light rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 99 %
  • Tue 24: light rain

    14 ° - 15 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 92 %
  • Wed 25: sky is clear

    13 ° - 17 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 3 %
  • Thu 26: sky is clear

    12 ° - 18 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Fri 27: broken clouds

    13 ° - 19 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 56 %
  • Sat 28: broken clouds

    13 ° - 17 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 71 %
  • Sun 29: light rain

    13 ° - 17 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Mon 30: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 25 %
  • Tue 31: sky is clear

    14 ° - 18 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 1 %
  • Wed 01: sky is clear

    14 ° - 19 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 0 %