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Airlines cull South Africa routes as virus flares

Yesterday at 23:00 PM, via News24

Several international airlines have streamlined flights to SA following travel restrictions meant to limit the spread of a new Covid-19 variant fuelling an infection resurge.


Western Cape government to go it alone on vaccine procurement

Thursday at 21:52 PM, via SABC News

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has confirmed that the Western Cape government is in talks with manufacturers of vaccines to combat the coronavirus and is seeking to procure them independently of government.


Tanzania: Paul Luziga , the Boy Who Emerged Top in Form Four Exams 2020

Yesterday at 17:32 PM, via AllAfrica

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam — The National Examination Council of Tanzania today announced the results of 2020 Form Four exams with Paul Luziga from Panda Hill in Mbeya emerging the overall winner in an exam that was sat by over 400,000 students.


Thailand serves up cannabis cuisine to happy customers

Yesterday at 20:37 PM, via SABC News

“Giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalised leaf.


Tyler Perry to receive honorary statuette at Oscars

Yesterday at 18:15 PM, via Eyewitness News

The 51-year-old Perry — a producer, actor, writer and director — first achieved mainstream US success with his outspoken grandmother character Madea in the 2005 movie ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’.


‘MLK/FBI’ probes ‘the darkest part’ of the bureau’s history

Yesterday at 19:47 PM, via CNN

The government-sanctioned harassment of Martin Luther King Jr. provides the chilling spine of “MLK/FBI,” a documentary timed to the annual holiday for the civil rights icon. Director Sam Pollard’s film also raises an interesting question — namely, what historians and journalists owe King’s legacy in terms of releasing material amassed specifically in an effort to sully his name.


‘Home Alone 2’ star tweets support for removing Trump’s cameo

Yesterday at 19:05 PM, via CNN

As President Donald Trump prepares to make his exit from the White House, fans of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” want him to make a permanent, on-screen exit from the movie — and its star Macaulay Culkin seems to be on board with the idea.

Science/Tech and ‘Big Five’ Publishers Accused of eBook Price-Fixing

Today at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot and the “Big Five” publishers — Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster — have been accused of colluding to fix ebook prices, in a class action filed by the law firm that successfully sued Apple and the Big Five on the same charge 10 years ago. The Guardian reports: The lawsuit, filed in district court in New York on Thursday by Seattle firm...


Apple Plans First iMac Desktop Redesign In Nearly a Decade

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

In addition to upgraded MacBook Pros, Bloomberg reports that Apple is also “planning the first redesign of its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since 2012,” as it shifts away from Intel to its own silicon. From the report: The new models will slim down the thick black borders around the screen and do away with the sizable metal chin area in favor of a design similar to Apple’s Pro Display XDR...


Xbox’s ‘Instant On’ Feature Could Consume 4 Billion kWh By 2025

Today at 02:02 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The “instant on” feature that’s activated by default on new Xbox Series S/X consoles could suck up a total of 4 billion kWh — the equivalent of a year’s operation for a large power plant — from US owners alone through 2025. That’s according to a preliminary report released this week from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an...


Calculations Show It’ll Be Impossible To Control a Super-Intelligent AI

Today at 01:20 AM, via Slashdot

schwit1 shares a report from ScienceAlert: [S]cientists have just delivered their verdict on whether we’d be able to control a high-level computer super-intelligence. The answer? Almost definitely not. The catch is that controlling a super-intelligence far beyond human comprehension would require a simulation of that super-intelligence which we can analyze. But if we’re unable to comprehend it,...


Biden to Elevate Science Adviser to His Cabinet

Today at 02:25 AM, via New York Times

The President-elect will nominate Eric S. Lander to head the Office of Science and Technology Policy, a post left vacant by President Trump for 18 months.


How to Reimagine Your Relationship to Alcohol

Yesterday at 21:47 PM, via New York Times

For many, January is a month to rethink how much they imbibe, whether they’re worried about heavy drinking or just looking for a reset.


World facing ‘catastrophic’ temperature rises: UN

Thursday at 20:28 PM, via News24

The world is on course for a “catastrophic” temperature rise this century, the United Nations said as it confirmed that 2020 rivalled 2016 as the hottest year on record.