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Sky’s The Limit
HAVE YOU EVER wondered what it feels like to be a pilot? To take to the skies and soar above places you’ve never visited before? There’s nothing quite like Microsoft Flight Simulator, a technical masterpiece that has been around for nearly 40 years,
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Should Your Car Have Solar Panels?
YOU CAN GET THEM on the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (only available in the US, for $35 300), which I tested for a week, under existentially strange but mechanically ideal conditions. Except for a 16 km drive to the grocery store and back, the c
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The Bigger Picture
THIS IMAGE WAS CAPTURED early in December last year, at the SpaceX hangar at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The upgraded version of the Cargo Dragon spacecraft can be seen front and centre, mounted on the colossal SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, jus
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This MakerBot Made 3D Printing Hot
RELEASED IN 2012, THE MakerBot Replicator sold for $1749 (or about R15 200 at the exchange rate back then). For that price, you could own the first mass-market, consumer-grade 3D printer. It’s the equivalent of the first Homebrew desktop computer, or
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How To Make Crystal-clear Ice
It’s a big ol’ myth that trapped gases and impurities from cloudy ice negatively impact a drink’s flavour. (Unless that ice is from a deep freezer that hasn’t been cleaned in ages, of course.) But to wow a crowd, there’s nothing like serving a Negron
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Where Be Dragons?
The famous warning ‘Here be dragons’ is a map myth: It was never actually written on old maps, though a Latin version appears on one 16th-century globe. Instead, the phrase represents the illustrations of monstrous sea serpents, toothy beasts, and st
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A Brief History Of Bridge Construction
The Greek historian Herodotus details the construction of Xerxes’ pontoon bridges, rope-tied floating barges strung together during the Greek and Persian War. The Romans finish construction on the Pont du Gard bridge in France. The solid, triple-deck
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Play It, But Don’t Touch It
Electronic instruments may seem like a newfangled invention, but the truth is that they’ve been around for a while. The theremin, for one, was invented in 1919 by a Russian physicist with the same surname. It’s really unique, mostly because it’s the
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Stream-ripping… Oh my!
Music piracy is at an all-time high. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, live concerts have been cancelled and many consumers won’t be going back until they feel it’s safe to do so. Without concerts, musicians are using live-streaming platforms to co
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Mercator Map Of The World
The compass sparked a shift back to geographical maps made for practical navigation. Religious symbolism defined most medieval European map-making. (Maps could tell you the rough direction of Eden, but not how far away it was.) In the early 15th cent
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Here’s What You’ll Need
1. An old tool file. 2. A drill bit that’s about the same thickness as your file, usually ¼ or ⅓”, or 6–8 mm. 3. Hardwood lump charcoal and a charcoal braai. 4. A hairdryer and around one metre of metal pipe wide enough to blow the dryer through. 5.
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Going The Distance
How has the B-52 stood the test of time while other military aircraft haven’t? Because it was engineered to keep aerodynamic and payload forces in balance during missions, minimising stresses that weaken other planes over time. Active B-52s aren’t pa
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Tabula Rogeriana
The Tabula Rogeriana, or Book of Roger, was completed by Moroccan cartographer Muhammad al-Idrisi in 1154. Compiled over 15 years for King Roger II of Sicily – who hoped the map could inform and expand his rule – the book included a world map with 70
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Pro Notes
‘How can I secure my cubicle from prying intruders – in a covert way?’ – M STEVEN We chat ted to Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, to get his tips on locking down your workspace, James Bond style
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Time Machine
Man-carrying Kite is Steadier than Balloon The illustration on the cover of this issue portrayed a man perched on an oversized kite, making observations through his binoculars. This invention underwent multiple successful test flights, and was said t
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DIY Braai Station
HAVING A sturdy place to put things when standing around the braai fire can be a big help. We’re talking a spot for plates, spices, a meat tray, tongs, cutlery, you name it… So to make your life easier, Kreg’s put together a simple project for you to
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Win With Master Lock
Master Lock Keyed Locking Cable: The 1.8 m-long self-coiling braided-steel cable is designed for maximum strength, while the vinyl coating prevents scratches and protects the cable. Master Lock Rod Lock: The 15 mm-wide metal body and 3 mmdiameter ste
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LEDVANCE.COM THREE PRODUCT LINES – THREE RECOMMENDED CONTROL OPTIONS SMART HOME COMFORT – LIGHT CONTROL BY SMARTPHONE We recommend using the LEDVANCE SMART+ WIFI app via a WiFi router as the ideal way to control SMART+ WIFI products. SMART HOME PREMI
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To Make A Better Cocktail, You Need The Right Ice
ICE MIGHT BE THE MOST OVERlooked ingredient of any cocktail recipe. It keeps a drink cold, ensures that it isn’t too stiff, and even alters taste perception. Ask a good bartender about ice, and they’ll tell you why a particular shape or size is best.
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Ford
4-year/120 000 km warranty 6-year/90 000 km service plan Double-cab XL from R462 900 Sport Pack R16 500 ford.co.za THE FORD Ranger XL is now available with an optional ‘Sport Pack’, which plugs a gap in the line-up. I admit, it was quite a narrow gap
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Make Your Own Wedge-based Bar Clamps
YOU’LL NEVER hear a woodworker say that they have enough clamps in their workshop. Such a scenario just doesn’t exist. Clamps are essential, coming in many diverse sizes and configurations for everything we build. From creating large table tops to ch
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Ptolemy’s Geographia
The Greeks were the first known culture to apply a scientific approach to measuring and mapping the world. The philosopher Pythagoras theorised as early as the 6th century BCE that the Earth was round. And by 200 BCE, the scholar Eratosthenes compare
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THE FUTURE OF Off-road Is Electric
ELECTRIC SUPREMACY IS indisputable: More power, immediate torque, superior ground clearance, and in-hub motors commanding each wheel make electric vehicles (EVs) ideal for a demanding go-anywhere adventure compared with dieselor petrol-engine vehicle
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Facebook Neural Nets Solve Differential Equations
IF UNIVERSITY students could obtain a copy of Facebook’s latest neural network – a series of algorithms that resemble the human brain – they could cheat all the way through Calculus 300. At the least, they could solve the following differential equat
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Da Vinci’s Tools Of War
Leonardo designed an early diving suit, which he hoped the Romans could use to disable enemy ships. The inventor drafted designs for an early parachute made of wood and linen. Skydiver Adrian Nicholas put the chute to the test in 2000. A far cry from
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Catalan Atlas
Ancient sailors navigated the seas by keeping in sight of land and observing the sun and stars. If clouds rolled in, they pulled in their sails and waited for better visibility. The discovery of the compass – a magnetised needle on wood, floating in
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