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    AfrikaBurn 2022

    Ticket sales 1 December 2021 Think I'd like to go again...
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    Do any of you know more about this, or tried it? Going to write an app for someone based on it. @SlinkyMike
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    James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

    'Perfect' James Webb telescope on track for launch The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is on track for a launch in mid-December, officials say. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has cost $10bn to develop and will be one of the grand scientific endeavours of the 21st Century. Its...
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    Airbnb management company in Cape Town

    I'm buying an apartment in Cape Town I'll use occasionally and want to Airbnb it the rest of the time. I'm not near Cape Town so need to engage an Airbnb management company. When searching for Airbnb management companies in Cape Town Google returns many results, so I'm not sure who to choose...
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    Did you vote?

    I'm registered far from where I live now, so did not. It's a DA stronghold here anyway so would make no difference if I voted here or not. Won't miss provincial/national though.
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    Need your opinion on these two apartments

    Need your opinion on these two apartments but don't want to post it here. Say "yay" and I'll pm you...
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    Astronomers discover new phenomenon as white dwarf star switches 'on and off' in 30 minutes

    Astronomers have discovered a new cosmic phenomenon in which a white dwarf star has been switching "off and on", with its brightness dipping and strengthening in just 30 minutes. The discovery was based on observations from a NASA satellite searching for alien planets, and described as...
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    Our entire solar system may exist inside a giant magnetic tunnel, says astrophysicist

    You and everyone you know live inside a massive magnetic tunnel, according to new research from the University of Toronto. That's because Earth, the entire solar system and a few nearby stars are all encircled by a tunnel-like structure of magnetized filaments that are invisible to the human...
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    FAST, the World’s Largest Radio Telescope, Zooms in on a Furious Cosmic Source

    China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope has detected more than 1,600 fast radio bursts from a single enigmatic system Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are one of the greatest mysteries of our universe. Coming from deep space, these outbursts can flash and fade in a matter of...
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    How long do you expect to live?

    Due to some recent events I have questioned my life expectancy. How long do you think you still have? I'm going with another 20 years.
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    NASA’s ‘Armageddon’-style asteroid deflection mission takes off in November

    NASA has a launch date for that most Hollywood of missions, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, which is basically a dry run of the movie “Armageddon.” Unlike the film, this will not involve nukes, oil rigs or Aerosmith, but instead is a practical test of our ability to change the trajectory...
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    Ventricular Extrasystole

    Do any of you have this condition? It's where the heart skips a beat and the next beat is extra hard (or the other way around). I was diagnosed with it about nine years ago and if it doesn't happen often per minute or it goes away with light exercise it's not an issue. But went for a new blood...
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    Steve Wozniak Appears to Be Launching a Space Garbage Company

    Step aside, space barons. Steve Wozniak has announced space plans. On Sunday night, Wozniak tweeted a cryptic announcement: “A Private space company is starting up, unlike the others.” The embedded video ad for the company, Privateer, deceptively resembles most other billionaires’ space...
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    Apple Event 2021

    Today 7pm SA time.
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    Annoying people

    Cryptodrones Anti-vaxxers Smokers Which types annoy you?
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    iRobot’s newest Roomba uses AI to avoid dog poop

    Finally, decades of research into artificial intelligence are paying off Using a robot vacuum has always been a bit hazardous for pet owners. Leaving a robovac to do its thing in your absence can be a problem if your less-than-perfectly-trained dog or cat also does its thing while you’re out. A...
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    Strange, repeating radio signal near the center of the Milky Way has scientists stumped

    Astronomers have detected a strange, repeating radio signal near the center of the Milky Way, and it's unlike any other energy signature ever studied. According to a new paper accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal and posted on the preprint server arXiv, the energy source is...
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    Hubble Captures a Stunning 'Einstein Ring' Magnifying The Depths of The Universe

    Gravity is the weird, mysterious glue that binds the Universe together, but that's not the limit of its charms. We can also leverage the way it warps space-time to see distant objects that would be otherwise much more difficult to make out. This is called gravitational lensing, an effect...
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    Are we about to see a shit show?