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Brighton: a tribute to MCA by graffiti artist ‘Aroe’

“a team led by materials scientist Yi Cui of Stanford and SLAC has found a solution: a cleverly designed double-walled nanostructure that lasts more than 6,000 cycles, far more than needed by electric vehicles or mobile electronics.”

“It will cost us a little bit. Not much, but a little bit. We will have to forego and make a few sacrifices in our lives to enforce ethics on media, but that’s our role. Along with making free technology, that’s our role. We are the last generation capable of understanding directly what the changes are because we have lived on both sides. We have a responsibility. You understand that?” 

“Zanele Muholi, described by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa as “one of the country’s foremost artists”, had more than 20 external hard drives stolen from her flat in Vredehoek, Cape Town on April 20. The hard drives contain stills and video footage, including photos from the funerals of victims of homophobic hate crimes. It is thought that the burglars were targeting Muholi’s work, as little else was taken from her flat, and back up hard drives were also taken.”

“It was bad South African TV that gave Elon Musk part of his mysterious edge. As a 10-year-old he read whole volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica after emptying the family bookshelves—anything to avoid another episode of ChiPs or Die Man van Intersek. Now, 29 years later, Musk is still playing video games alone into the late hours of the night. These days it is in a basement man cave in a leased mansion in Bel Air, California, where Musk, who sold his online payment system PayPal for R11-billion in 2002, is plotting the future of the human race. Sixteen months ago, the South African expat accomplished something only ever achieved by the governments of the United States, Russia and China. He sent a spacecraft into orbit and then recovered it.”

Susan Sontag, Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, Truman Capote, Tom Wolfe, Kurt Vonnegut, Vladimir Nabokov, Mark Twain…

“Under all those long lopsided fringes, a hidden danger is lurking… A leading optometrist has warned children and teenagers are risking their eyesight for the sake of fashion.”

“George Lucas rich neighbors don’t want him building a movie studio in their backyard. His response is the best thing he’s done in years… He wants to transform the property into low-income housing, naturally, ending their official statement with this zinger, “If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit.”

“A new study consisting of inducing cells to express telomerase, the enzyme which – metaphorically – slows down the biological clock – was successful. The research provides a ‘proof-of-principle’ that this ‘feasible and safe’ approach can effectively ‘improve health span.'”

“After 15 hours of fist pumping, James Peterson felt the super glue holding his right hand closed begin to loosen. That did not stop him from reaching his goal: 16 continuous hours in an effort to place his name in the Guinness World Records.”

“One Friday afternoon recently, about 50 fans and friends of the band String Cheese Incident took $20 000 in cash to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles…  With money advanced by the band, each person had enough to buy eight tickets at $49.95 apiece for the group’s show in July. Once all tickets were in hand, almost 400 of them, they were carried back to String Cheese headquarters in Colorado and put on sale again through the group’s Web site — for $49.95.”

“An innocuous-seeming US Air Force press release. A serendipitous satellite image in Google Earth. Snapshots from a photographer on assignment at a Spanish air base. The crash of an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter-bomber in the United Arab Emirates. These are some of the fragments of information that Italian aviation blogger David Cenciotti has assembled to reveal the best picture yet of the Pentagon’s secretive war in the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa.”

“You have entered into the most meaningful relationship there is in all human life. It can be whatever you decide to make it… If you truly love a girl, you shouldn’t ever want her to feel, when she sees you greet a secretary or a girl you both know, that humiliation of wondering if she was someone who caused you to be late coming home, nor should you want any other woman to be able to meet your wife and know she was smiling behind her eyes as she looked at her, the woman you love, remembering this was the woman you rejected even momentarily for her favors.”

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