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South Africa

Eskom power grid under severe pressure

Yesterday at 23:00 PM, via SABC News

Eskom has warned that the power grid is under severe pressure and has urged people to turn off all unnecessary appliances.

Africa

Senegal opposition leader charged with rape

Yesterday at 19:37 PM, via News24

A Senegalese judge charged opposition leader Ousmane Sonko with rape and freed him from detention pending an investigation on Monday, after his arrest last week sparked the West African state’s worst unrest in years.

Politics

No intention by Zuma to undermine SA’s constitution: ANC

Yesterday at 22:09 PM, via SABC News

The ANC Top Six has maintained that there was no intention by former President Jacob Zuma to undermine the Constitution of the country by not appearing at the State Capture Commission.

Politics

LIVE | ANC media briefing

Yesterday at 20:26 PM, via SABC News

The African National Congress (ANC) is holding a media briefing on the latest developments regarding the party.

Politics

Zuma meets ANC Top Six virtually

Yesterday at 19:02 PM, via SABC News

Former President Jacob Zuma has taken part in a virtual meeting with the ANC top six officials after an in person meeting at Luthuli House in Joburg failed to materialise.

Education

UK universities’ closeness to China poses risks, says Jo Johnson

Today at 02:01 AM, via The Guardian

Study led by former minister concludes dangers of closer collaboration are poorly understood

The former universities minister Jo Johnson has warned of the “poorly understood” risks of increasingly close collaboration between UK universities and China.

A study led by Johnson identified a significant increase in funding from China and collaboration with Chinese researchers over the past two...

Education

Biden Will Revisit Trump Rules on Campus Sexual Assault

Today at 01:40 AM, via New York Times

The Biden administration will examine regulations by Betsy DeVos that gave the force of law to rules that granted more due-process rights to students accused of sexual assault.

Entertainment

The role of an unexpected savior is not new to Tyler Perry

Yesterday at 20:52 PM, via CNN

In an interview filled with one bombshell after another, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed their fears and struggles with racism in the royal family. But one unlikely hero emerged in the saga: Tyler Perry.

Science/Tech

Israel, Cyprus and Greece Agree To Link Power Grids Via Subsea Cable

Today at 02:10 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Cyprus, Greece and Israel on Monday signed an initial agreement to build the world’s longest and deepest underwater power cable that will traverse the Mediterranean seabed at a cost of about $900 million and link their electricity grids. The project, called the Euro-Asia interconnector, will provide a back-up power source in times of emergency,...

Science/Tech

Rare meteorite chunk traced by scientists to Gloucestershire driveway

Today at 02:01 AM, via The Guardian

‘Dream come true’ to locate first carbonaceous chondrite seen in UK, part of fireball that caused sonic boom

A lump of a rare meteorite that lit up the night sky over the UK and northern Europe last week has been recovered from a driveway in Gloucestershire.

The fragment, weighing nearly 300 grams, and other pieces of the space rock were located after scientists reconstructed the flight path...

Science/Tech

More than half of snacks marketed as healthy are high in fat, salt or sugar

Today at 02:01 AM, via The Guardian

Action on Salt assessed 119 snacks including lentil curls and chickpea chips, finding some to be saltier than seawater

More than half of seemingly healthy snacks analysed by experts are high in fat, salt and/or sugar, prompting calls for more “honest” labelling.

Action on Salt assessed 119 snacks, including dried/roasted pulses and processed pulse snacks such as lentil curls, chickpea chips and...

Science/Tech

OpenAI’s State-of-the-Art Machine Vision AI Fooled By Handwritten Notes

Today at 01:30 AM, via Slashdot

Researchers from machine learning lab OpenAI have discovered that their state-of-the-art computer vision system can be deceived by tools no more sophisticated than a pen and a pad. The Verge reports: As illustrated in the image above, simply writing down the name of an object and sticking it on another can be enough to trick the software into misidentifying what it sees. “We refer to these...

Nature

Escaped crocodiles at Bonnievale

Friday at 16:38 PM, via CapeNature

Following the escape of an unknown number of subadult Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) from a breeding facility outside of Bonnievale on Wednesday morning, CapeNature can report that in addition to the 27 already recaptured, a further seven crocodiles had to be euthanized last night and six more were spotted, but could not be recaptured as […]

Nature

Celebrating World Wildlife Day at the Potberg Cape Vulture colony

03 March at 13:15 PM, via CapeNature

By Lusanda Gqaza and Yanga Mbatana (Environmental Education Officers, De Hoop Nature Reserve) On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), proclaimed 03 March (the day of adopting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, in 1973), as World Wildlife Day. This is a day that […]

Nature

World Wildlife Day 2021

03 March at 12:12 PM, via CapeNature

World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3 March every year as an opportunity to highlight the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. The Western Cape is a very special place with an abundance of unique and irreplaceable […]