Looking back on 2019’s ‘Best Inventions’ Every year Time Magazine selects 100 of the ‘Best Inventions’ from around the world. These inventions are chosen because they make the world that we live in a ‘better one, a smarter one and even a more fun one’. These inventions come from a plethora of countries, categories and functionalities – some are more superficial in terms of their purpose and category, while others can be seen as life-changing. In order to compile the list containing 100 of the ‘most ground-breaking’ inventions, Time assesses the nominations received from its correspondents, editors and the online [...]
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Beyond the Beef Most restaurants and eateries worldwide have cottoned on to the vegetarian and vegan movements and have discovered the importance and value in catering to customers that fall under these dietary classifications. With the rise in popularity of plant-based diets, eateries and an all-round drive towards environmental consciousness, it is unsurprising that many international and local companies are capitalising on the now cool-to-be ‘meat free’ movement. A particularly popular avenue of plant-based and meet-free alternative food is through the fast food industry. Most major fast food chains now offer vegetarian and vegan alternatives, especially in burger form. However, [...]
The making of a meme These days you would be hard pressed to go onto any social media site without being confronted by a meme or two. Memes plague the internet and messaging platforms and form the core of the content published on websites such as 9gag, Reddit and 4Chan. When there is a particular image that goes viral, like a baby Yoda perhaps – or a ‘woman yelling at cat’, the meme opportunities appear to be endless, as they are captioned humorously again and again depending on what is pop culturally relevant. It’s hard to imagine a social media [...]
Across the world in 19 hours With the continuous development, innovation and improvement of air travel and aircrafts – it seems that the world is not in fact so large, as continents and people can be connected in a matter of hours. Air travel and airplanes have come a long way since the inception of the Wright brothers’ (Wilbur and Orville) “Aeronautical Experiments” in 1901 which focused on “three general classes” in order to achieve successful mechanical flight. The three principles of flight encompassed the achievement of the following: the construction of the “sustaining wings”, the “generation and application of [...]
‘Drunk words, sober thoughts' Jamie Foxx’ lyrics: “Blame it on the booze, got you feeling loose, blame it on ‘tron, got you in the zone, blame it on the a-a-a-a-a alcohol” describes a feeling that many of us have experienced after a big night out. The alcohol was definitely to blame, right? Especially for any ‘uncharacteristic’ or embarrassing behaviour, or for things that we said that we probably (definitely) should not have. We often associate our alcohol consumption with a definite or distinct ‘change in personality’ as it has a tendency to bring out another side of us. Is any [...]
Why SA can’t afford not to be water savvy Water, unsurprisingly and undeniably is our most important natural resource. 70% of Earth’s surface is covered by water. This statistic on its own sounds like a pretty decent water percentage, however we need to take into account that of that 70%, approximately 97% of that water is salt water, and therefore not easily consumable. Of the remaining 3% that classifies as fresh water only an estimated one percent can actually be consumed or used by life on earth due to the fact that the rest is in solid form – in [...]
Dr Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye was nominated on the 12th of August by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) Dr Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye was nominated on the 12th of August by the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) to represent South African early to mid-researchers and scholars (3-7 years after PhD) at the Global Young Leadership Workshop and the World Science Forum (WSF) in Budapest, Hungary. The 2019 Global Young Leadership Workshop is a capacity building workshop that seeks to identify the challenges from an early-career scientist perspective, and then explore possible ways to address these challenges from the diverse disciplinary and cultural viewpoints that will [...]
Gender neutrality to become mainstream Gender neutral or gender neutrality is a term that is now common place in the media, however what does it actually mean? Well, before we get on to gender neutrality and its inherent ideological place in society, it is important to make the distinction between sex and gender. Sex refers to a person’s biological anatomy and reproductive organ (genitals). Gender on the other hand refers to the socially ascribed role or personal identification that a person can choose to fulfil. Therefore sex and gender can be entirely unrelated concepts as a person can be born [...]
Microdosing for mental health? Microdosing is the practice of taking reduced or small doses of psychedelic drugs primarily for mental health and well-being purposes, as well as for increased productivity and occasionally for more recreational purposes. In recent years, the focus has moved from utilising psychedelics on a purely recreational basis, to the potential benefits that psychedelics may have in aiding mental illness. “Taking microdoses of a psychedelic drug means taking only a fraction of a dose that is required to have a full-blown psychedelic experience, or "trip." (Medical News Today). The most recent studies that have emerged in the [...]
Contaminated Chernobyl now a tourist hot spot Chernobyl, arguably one of the most contaminated places on the planet, is set to become a budding hot spot for tourists. In an announcement made earlier this year by Ukraine’s current president -President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of the importance of changing the way in which Chernobyl is viewed, and granting it “new life” by doing so. "We must give this territory of Ukraine a new life, until now, Chernobyl was a negative part of Ukraine's brand. It's time to change it (2019)." Chernobyl has experienced a noticeable spike in tourism since the debut [...]