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Today's quotable quote: Nicolas Chamfort: The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.

This day in history: 16 October 2018: World Food Day (1981). More than 150 countries celebrate World Food Day every year on October 16, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. World Food Day aims to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and to promote cooperation in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. It has been observed since 1981 with different themes each year, such as "United against Hunger" and "The Right to Food.


Space.com

Posted on 17 October 2018

Sounds cool, but is it possible?


Futurism

Posted on 17 October 2018

The robot uprising is starting small.


BBC Earth

Posted on 13 October 2018

An accidental discovery is giving new hope for coral reefs. #OurBluePlanet w/ OceanX + Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium


The Science Explorer

Posted on 12 October 2018

Germany just launched the world's first zero-emissions train for commercial use giving travelers an eco-friendly option for getting around.


Interesting Engineering

Posted on 12 October 2018

A new video by robotics firm Boston Dynamics shows the nimble Atlas bot successfully jump over and onto obstacles like a real parkour legend.


Brut nature

Posted on 12 October 2018

No brain, no neurons, no nervous system... Here's why the blob defies the laws of biology.




People Can Die From Giving up the Fight

technologynetworks.com, 04 October 2018

People can die simply because they’ve given up, life has beaten them and they feel defeat is inescapable, according to new research.



Avantgardens

Posted on 04 October 2018

Frog family hanging out on Heliconia Photo: EthaNgabito Photography




Brut nature

Posted on 19 September 2018

She was the first African woman to receive the Nobel prize. Here is the extraordinary story of Wangari Maathai, one of the world's most important ecologist.


My Modern Met

Posted on 19 September 2018

“As a photographer, I wondered, can I actually capture this beautiful fleeting moment in our country from a unique perspective?” –Jon Carmichael Photography


Avantgardens

Posted on 19 September 2018

Glencoe Baobab is the stoutest and second largest baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in South Africa, and possibly the stoutest tree in the world. The tree is located in Glencoe Farm, near Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province. The diameter of the tree is 15.9 m with a circumference of 47 m. The height is 17 m, and the spread of crown is 37.05 m. Radiocarbon dating performed in 2013 suggested an age of 1,835 years.



9GAG

Posted on 17 September 2018

Happiness makes you fat.






In the NOW

Posted on 15 September 2018

The residents of a remote Turkish village communicate by whistling across the mountaintops. It's mind-blowing.


Mashable

Posted on 15 September 2018

The struggle is real.


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In the news

Light, thin VR gloves put wearers in touch with virtual objects: Virtual reality motion controllers work pretty well at syncing up the movements of digital digits with your real ones, but they aren't all that good at recreating the sense of touch. Posted on 16 October 2018.

African Nations Rife With Illegitimate Collection Societies: Nigeria Files Criminal Complaint Against COSON: You may recall that we have discussed the complete chaos that is copyright collection societies in Kenya over the past few years. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Higher temperatures could help protect coral reefs: A new study in the journal Behavioral Ecology suggests that higher water temperature, which increases the aggressiveness of some fish, could lead to better protection of some coral. Posted on 16 October 2018.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Thu 18: scattered clouds

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  • Fri 19: light rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 88 %
  • Sat 20: sky is clear

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  • Sun 21: sky is clear

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  • Mon 22: sky is clear

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See next two weeks

News (continued)

Uber And Lyft Plan To Offer Free And Discounted Rides On Election Day: The rideshare companies are going the extra mile to drive more Americans to the polls. Posted on 15 October 2018.

Grow Taller Using Insole Gadgets:   Research indicates a possible link between height and confidence. Posted on 28 August 2018.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks publicly for the first time about its censored China search engine: Commenting publicly for the first time about Google’s censored search engine for China, CEO Sundar Pichai said onstage at the WIRED 25 summit in San Francisco that the company is taking “a longer-term view” about the country. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Using smartphone cameras to track alertness: Cornell researchers developed a tool that tracks alertness by measuring pupil size, captured through a burst of photographs taken every time users unlock their smartphones. Posted on 15 October 2018.

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

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review: a fantastic tablet PC you shouldn't buy: It looks, feels and works great, is cheaper than the previous version and lasts longer on a charge, but it still doesn’t have USB-C or Thunderbolt 3The new Surface Pro 6 the latest version of Microsoft’s category-defining detachable tablet PC, but do a price cut, faster chips and a new paint job make it worth buying?From the outside it looks like very little has changed, and that’s because the Surface Pro 6 is practically identical to its predecessor. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Countries where smacking children is banned 'are safer to grow up in': Research reveals that fighting between youths – particularly females – is less common where corporal punishment has been outlawedCountries that ban the smacking of children appear to be safer for young people to grow up in, according to research revealing that fighting between youths – particularly females – is less common where corporal punishment has been outlawed. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Line lists cryptocurrency on Bitbox exchange: Japanese tech vendor puts its digital token Link on its recently launched exchange Bitbox, making it available for trade with three cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Tether. Posted on 16 October 2018.

The 'ugly duckling' fossil from the deep: Meet the baby reptile that is shedding new light on the giants that lived at the time of T. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Google’s CEO Says Tests of Censored Chinese Search Engine Turned Out Great: At WIRED's 25th anniversary festival, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would be able to serve more than 99 percent of queries. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65: Paul Allen, who co-founded tech giant Microsoft with Bill Gates, has died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Posted on 16 October 2018.

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Higher temperatures could help protect coral reefs: A new study in the journal Behavioral Ecology, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that higher water temperature, which increases the aggressiveness of some fish, could lead to better protection of some coral. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Why Some Amazon Workers Are Fuming About Their Raise: Katy Iber, an Amazon warehouse worker near Minneapolis, said a highly publicized pay raise could actually cost her money because she is losing bonuses and stock grants. Posted on 09 October 2018.

5 Ways a Calendar Tool Helps You Set Realistic Expectations for Your Day: It’s how we manage our expectations that can keep us productive, focused, and content. Posted on 03 September 2018.

TomTom earnings beat expectations on digital mapping sales: TomTom , the Dutch navigation company, said third-quarter earnings beat expectations, helped by sales of higher margin digital mapping products. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Line lists cryptocurrency on Bitbox exchange: Japanese tech vendor puts its digital token Link on its recently launched exchange Bitbox, making it available for trade with three cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Tether. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Profiles in Science: How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out: Margaret Kivelson in her office at the University of California, Los Angeles. Posted on 08 October 2018.

If Your Medical Information Becomes A Moneymaker, Could You Get A Cut?: Sometimes discoveries derived from patients' medical data become the foundation of new profit-making companies. Posted on 15 October 2018.

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She came, she saw, she conquered, British woman claims conker crown: Standing in a rain soaked English village, more than 200 competitors armed with horse chestnuts dangling from shoelaces faced off for the World Conker Championship. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Google's CEO Says Tests of Censored Chinese Search Engine Have Been Very Promising: At Wired's 25th anniversary summit, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company's internal tests developing a censored search engine in China have been very promising. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Why does Wikipedia (mostly) work?: In an era of misinformation, the free online encyclopedia remains largely above the fray. 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 October 2018.

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

Last Man to Walk on the Moon Mistaken About Climate Change on Earth: Astronaut Harrison Schmitt saw Earth from space, but doesn't see that human activity is shaping climate change. Posted on 15 October 2018.

The smartphone app that can tell you’re depressed before you know it yourself: Analyzing the way you type and scroll can reveal as much as a psychological test. Posted on 16 October 2018.

Try A Few Of These Excellent Ideas For Home Improvement: A number of home improvement projects are not difficult to complete, even if a person has little experience in home improvement. Posted on 16 October 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

  • Thu 18: scattered clouds

    16 ° - 22 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 32 %
  • Fri 19: light rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 88 %
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  • Sun 28: light rain

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  • Mon 29: light rain

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  • Wed 31: heavy intensity rain

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  • Fri 02: sky is clear

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