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Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is arguably the most famous painting in the world, with millions of tourists from around the world coming to see the artwork every year. As a result, the Louvre recently had to renovate the room in which she sits to accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors.

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The beginning of October marked the 50th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The ground-breaking sketch comedy show subverted the common comedy tropes of the time, and went on to inspire generations of comedians – despite being censured by the BBC for not being funny throughout its four seasons on air.

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Cape Town’s Table Mountain Cableway recently celebrated its 90th birthday. For almost a century, the cable car has been ferrying people to the top of the iconic mountain – despite often perilous winds.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is progressing in leaps and bounds, with chatbots these days able to provide basic customer service functions and Siri, Alexa and Cortana developing a sense of humour. Robotics companies are using these capabilities to create a new generation of intelligent robots that will be capable of interacting with humans in a variety of settings such as making deliveries, supplementing human workers, and even taking care of the very young and the elderly.

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Since Alfred Nobel left his fortune for the establishment of the prizes that “reward those who serve humanity” in 1896, hundreds of Nobel Prizes have been awarded. Many of these have been for obscure but significant research, notable only to those working in specific sectors. Others, however, applauded discoveries that have changed the course of human history.

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The engineering sector is the newest playground for cyber criminals. Statistics from security company Kaspersky indicate that attacks on Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and smart building management systems are growing, pointing to an urgent need for engineering companies to improve their security offerings and expertise.

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For decades, nutritionists have been identifying and warning us about the health risks caused by “bad” foods, and offering advice about which foods we should be eating in order to be healthy. Most of these recommendations are based in research, but with new studies being conducted on a regular basis, the lists of healthy and unhealthy food options change as new data comes to light.

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Trips to remote areas of the world can be fraught with peril, and even though we are aware of many of the dangers in specific regions, sometimes they can still sneak up on us. A joint expedition by the Northern Fleet, Russia's naval fleet in the Arctic, and the Russian Geographical Society (RGO) narrowly avoided injuries after a landing boat was sunk off Franz Josef Land.

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25 years ago, a competition to design the flag of a constitutional South Africa was opened to all citizens. The winning entry was designed by the then State Herald, Frederick Brownell, and has come to be one of the most recognised flags in the world.

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Crown Publications, one of South Africa’s largest business-to-business publishing houses, came into existence in 1986. Since then, the company has grown from producing a single magazine, Electricity SA (renamed Electricity+Control), to publishing six monthly magazines, three quarterlies, and a number of engineering handbooks.

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