Science and Technology

Sam Basch
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Rescue of an amazing archive

By Sam J Basch
When it comes to valuable documentation in the country’s archives that may get lost or destroyed – as recently happened at the University of Cape Town – fate sometimes plays an amazing part to come to the rescue.

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Environment
Andrea Abbott

Lawn and Order

A manicured lawn – the pride and joy of enthusiastic gardeners everywhere and a millstone round their necks.

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Vaughan Jones
Vaughan Jones

Calm and Relaxed, Restored Health and Vitality

Strange as it may seem, and contrary to common knowledge, we all “meditate” a little each day. We do this by drifting into a state of daydreaming and being absent minded. Have you noticed that when you are daydreaming your body relaxes, your breathing slows, and your mind is calm? Well, hullo there, you are entering the first stage of meditation; the Alpha state.

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From the Attic
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Around the Cape

Sam J Basch

It took a huge container ship stuck in the Suez Canal last month to focus the mind on the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope. This historic route between west and east was opened by Portuguese mariners Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama more than 500 years ago. In 1988 a similar voyage was recreated in commemoration of that maritime feat.

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Sam Basch
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Time flies

By Sam J Basch

As the unmanned rover Perseverance landed on the red planet last month, its tiny Mars helicopter will “test powered flight on another world for the first time.”

On earth, the Wright brothers pioneered powered flight more than a century ago. Since then, aviators have broken the sound barrier by flying faster than sound and astronauts have ventured far, to walk on the moon. In time, humankind will go even further, to live on another planet.

How astonishing has been the achievements in aviation – in a fraction of time?

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Environment
Andrea Abbott

In Praise of Insects

The decline in insect populations throughout the world is a catastrophe we humans ignore at our peril. Far from being pests, insects carry the health of the planet on their tiny shoulders.

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Business
Safrea Contributor

Renewable energy: A rising star

Renewable energy (RE) in South Africa is a complex issue with many roleplayers, complicated by confusing acronyms. Gareth Griffiths investigates. Back in the 90’s, when

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