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This day in history: 10 August 2022: Ferdinand Magellan Sets Sail to Circumnavigate Globe (1519). In 1518, Spanish king Charles I approved navigator Ferdinand Magellan's plan to sail to the Spice Islands by a western route. On the way, Magellan crossed the "Sea of the South" and renamed it the Pacific Ocean because of the calm crossing. His ambitious voyage proved definitively the roundness of the Earth and revealed the Americas as a new world, separate from Asia. Though Magellan is often credited with being the first to circumnavigate the globe, he never actually returned to Europe.


Did Archimedes' 'Death Ray' Actually Work?

realclearscience.com, 23 July 2022

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Archimedes of Syracuse is generally regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived. So revered was his wisdom and celebrated his legacy that legendary scholars who lived nearly two mill



Earth Mazing

Conophytum pageae, a small succulent native to South Africa and southern Namibia. Seeds found here : https://tidd.ly/3Plj0q7, 18 July 2022

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Conophytum pageae, a small succulent native to South Africa and southern Namibia. Seeds found here : https://tidd.ly/3Plj0q7


Ancient Astronaut Theorists

https://deshinewspost.com/12500-year-old-ancient-sphinx-was-recently-found-in-pakistan, 17 July 2022

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https://deshinewspost.com/12500-year-old-ancient-sphinx-was-recently-found-in-pakistan




Amazing Things

It looks like a regular tree, but the Manchineel can kill you. Everything about it is extremely toxic. If you touch its leaves, they will cause "a strong allergic dermatitis." It's so bad that, if you stay under its foliage while it's raining, the water will cause instant blistering wherever it touches you., 31 May 2022

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It looks like a regular tree, but the Manchineel can kill you. Everything about it is extremely toxic. If you touch its leaves, they will cause "a strong allergic dermatitis." It's so bad that, if you stay under its foliage while it's raining, the water will cause instant blistering wherever it touches you.


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 )


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In the news

Climate bill includes massive, game-changing green hydrogen incentives: The US Inflation Reduction Act is poised to kickstart a global hydrogen revolution. Posted on 10 August 2022.

Samsung improves the formula for latest fold and flip phones: As expected, Samsung has today launched the latest generation of its folding smartphones. Posted on 10 August 2022.

Trump Campaign Releases Everyone Who Signed An NDA About 2016 Campaign, Saying It Will Not Try To Enforce Them: Two years ago we wrote about how a former Trump campaign staffer, Jessica Denson had sued the Trump campaign, claiming that the non-disclosure agreement she was pressured into signing by the campaign was not enforceable. Posted on 10 August 2022.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Thu 11: overcast clouds

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  • Fri 12: moderate rain

    11 ° - 15 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 82 %
  • Sat 13: light rain

    10 ° - 13 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 93 %
  • Sun 14: light rain

    10 ° - 12 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 77 %
  • Mon 15: overcast clouds

    10 ° - 14 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 94 %

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News (continued)

FTC Acts To Block Meta From Buying VR Company, Fitness App: Federal regulators have taken legal action to block Facebook parent Meta and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg from acquiring virtual reality company Within Unlimited and its fitness app Supernatural. Posted on 27 July 2022.

Takara Tomy Debuts Transformers Robots Disguised as Canon DSLR Cameras: Takara Tomy debuts two new Transformers robots that are disguised as Canon DSLR cameras, the EOS R5 to be more specific. Posted on 10 August 2022.

TOP 10 AI MARKETING TOOLS YOU SHOULD USE:    The marketing industry is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) as a way to save time and execute smarter, more personalized campaigns. Posted on 13 July 2022.

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

Samsung Z Flip 4 launch: popular hi-tech flip phone gets upgrade: Cutting-edge folding phone unveiled with Z Fold 4 folding tablet, Galaxy Watch 5 and Buds 2 Pro earbudsSamsung has unveiled updated versions of its cutting-edge folding-screen devices, including its popular reinvention of the flip phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, adding better cameras, bigger screens and slimmer bodies. Posted on 11 August 2022.

Researchers decode metal-making recipes in ancient Chinese text: Study identifies mystery elements in Kaogong ji, shedding light on how early bronzes were producedResearchers have deciphered enigmatic recipes for metal-making contained in an ancient Chinese text, revealing unexpected complexity in the art at the time. Posted on 11 August 2022.

Even Bill Gates chooses Samsung Galaxy Fold over Microsoft Surface Duo: Why Samsung's Galaxy Fold 4 partnership with Microsoft could spell trouble for the Surface Duo. Posted on 11 August 2022.

Wildlife under stress as dry spell shrinks rivers: Most of the world's chalk streams are in southern and eastern England and are under particular strain. Posted on 10 August 2022.

One of 5G’s Biggest Features Is a Security Minefield: New research found troubling vulnerabilities in the 5G platforms carriers offer to wrangle embedded device data. Posted on 09 August 2022.

The new CHIPS and Science Act will bring semiconductor chip manufacturing to the U.S.: President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law Tuesday, which allocates $53 billion dollars in federal funding to manufacture semiconductor chips domestically. Posted on 09 August 2022.

Arctic flights to shed light on sea ice and storms link: Scientists are flying research aircraft through the heart of Arctic storms this summer to better understand how weather systems are affecting polar sea ice. Posted on 10 August 2022.

The Boy Bosses of Silicon Valley Are on Their Way Out: They rode their unicorns to fame and fortune. Posted on 11 August 2022.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022 live blog: New Z Fold 4, Flip 4, Watch 5 are here and we have all the info: Get caught up on what Samsung could announce. Posted on 10 August 2022.

Sneeze by Sneeze, Sponges Fill the Seas With Their Mucus: You might be tempted to say “gesundheit,” but the sea creature’s snot helps feed other marine organisms. Posted on 11 August 2022.

COVID sewage surveillance labs join the hunt for monkeypox: Wastewater testing has proved a reliable early alarm bell for COVID-19 outbreaks. Posted on 08 August 2022.

Cleveland Browns expect to start Deshaun Watson at quarterback in preseason opener at Jacksonville: Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is expected to start Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars, the team announced Wednesday before boarding a flight to Jacksonville. Posted on 10 August 2022.

Spotify Tests Selling Concert Tickets Directly To Fans: As first reported by Music Ally, Spotify is testing a new website to sell tickets directly to fans, "rather than just linking to external ticketing firms. Posted on 11 August 2022.

Pegasus strikes again: Thai activists fall victim to high tech hack: Two cybersecurity research labs have reported cases of Thai activists being hacked with government backed spyware, called Pegasus, which can access a target’s phone without physically having the phone, or having the target click anything. Posted on 18 July 2022.

Newly-discovered Langya virus infected 35 people in China: A newly-identified virus has sickened people in China after spilling over from animals. Posted on 10 August 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

  • Thu 11: overcast clouds

    12 ° - 15 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Fri 12: moderate rain

    11 ° - 15 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 82 %
  • Sat 13: light rain

    10 ° - 13 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 93 %
  • Sun 14: light rain

    10 ° - 12 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 77 %
  • Mon 15: overcast clouds

    10 ° - 14 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 94 %
  • Tue 16: overcast clouds

    10 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Wed 17: sky is clear

    11 ° - 16 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 6 %
  • Thu 18: sky is clear

    12 ° - 18 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 5 %
  • Fri 19: sky is clear

    13 ° - 17 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 20: moderate rain

    12 ° - 14 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 97 %
  • Sun 21: sky is clear

    11 ° - 16 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 6 %
  • Mon 22: sky is clear

    12 ° - 17 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 5 %
  • Tue 23: overcast clouds

    12 ° - 18 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 97 %
  • Wed 24: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 55 %
  • Thu 25: scattered clouds

    11 ° - 19 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 29 %
  • Fri 26: light rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 0 %