While you were sleeping: 4 November 2016

While you were sleeping: 4 November 2016

Clinton and Trump lock horns in North Carolina, researchers look to fish to save our spines, and Proteas find hope, then lose it again.

“Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.”
Edward Wilson

Elections aftermath: Why did the ANC ignore its own research?

In June, a month after whistle-blower Vytjie Mentor had sat through the night with an SAPS Captain laboriously penning an 18-page affidavit which this week formed part of the Public Protector’s State of Capture report, Hawks head, Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, denied that the unit was investigating three Cabinet ministers or the Gupta family. It was a peculiar denial as it was Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Kgomotso Phahlane who ordered Major-General Jeremy Vearey, deputy Western Cape provincial commissioner for detective services, to personally hand Mentor’s affidavit to Ntlemeza. A month later Veary and Major-General Peter Jacobs, the province’s crime intelligence boss, were both suddenly demoted. What gives? By MARIANNE THAMM.


Clinton and Trump lock horns in North Carolina

North Carolina and Florida have become the key battlegrounds in an intensified US presidential election battle. Hillary Clinton unleashed her finest electoral minions, including Barack Obama, to drill home the message that Donald Trump was a menace to the US. The Orange Menace, meanwhile, unleashed his wife Melania to soften the bombastic candidate’s image. Melania focused on how her husband absolutely represents the blue collar workers. Polls current show Clinton in a very narrow lead.


Paris Agreement comes into force

The Paris Agreement, the newest, arguably most important of climate change international agreement, will come into force on Friday. Agreeing to a cap emissions, the Paris Agreement sets the path for a sober and, for once, unified way forward in the fight against global warming. With 2016 looking to be the hottest year in climate history, this could not happen any sooner.


Zebrafish could help spinal repair in humans

In our ongoing quest to become immortal, researchers have revealed that it is the humble Zebrafish that could help humans repair themselves. Researchers identified the gene within the fish that aids a complete healing of its severed spinal cord. This does, however, mean that many Zebrafish had their spines severed for science. On the plus side, they clearly seem to be able to recover from it.


Warner and Marsh continue on their annoying way

Dale Steyn broke into the all-time top ten of Test match wicket-takers after David Warner nicked behind for a pyrotechnic 97. The door marked “Hope” had just been nudged ever so slightly ajar for South Africa at the WACA… and then slammed shut on their fingers as Steyn trudged off soon after, clutching his troublesome right shoulder.




The percentage of the world smartphone market controlled by Android.



Today in 2008 Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. Bet you wish there was a time machine now.

Bill Gates owns a McDonald’s ‘Gold Card’. This entitles the multi-billionaire to free fast food whenever he wants it.


Say what? The State Capture Quotathon



Op-Ed: Anti-Semitism at Wits




Of Trust and High Horses

A column by MARK HEYWOOD


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