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Earlier this year, the South African government passed a regulation that went largely unremarked, but it’s one that has the potential to impact on the back pockets of every person in the country. Effective from 1 April 2019, the VAT Electronic Services Regulations allow SARS to demand that every company providing electronic services in the country registers, and pays for, VAT.

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In the Campania region of Italy near the modern day city of Naples, there was once a prosperous Roman city. This city wasn’t very different to others in the Roman Empire at the time, until 17 October 79 AD. On that day, Pompeii died under the clouds of ash spewing from the erupting Mount Vesuvius, leaving a perfectly preserved archaeological record that gave us much of the information we now have about life under the rule of Titus, the first Roman emperor to succeed his father on his death.

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Half way through 2019, South Africans are continuing to struggle through a recessionary economy. Much has been written and said about the current economic climate’s impact on business and the country as a whole, and ordinary people are feeling the pinch in all areas of their lives.

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An Israeli company called Nano Retina is trialling a device that can help restore sight in blind people. An artificial retinal implant, the Nano Retina chip is placed above the retina and contains a camera-like component that receives the picture through the eye’s natural optics — in other words, it sees what the eye sees. The image is transmitted along the optic nerve to the brain’s neurons, which are capable of receiving and decoding it.

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With the effects of global warming no longer in doubt, many countries are implementing carbon emission regulations. Companies from every sector and every industry are also trying to do their bit, with new technologies being implemented to try and reduce their carbon footprints.

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In the hit Netflix show Stranger Things, a mirror world is found under the fictional town of Hawkins. US scientists are now engaging in what they describe as a ‘pretty wacky’ experiment to see if this science fiction concept is plausible. The scientists, from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have set up equipment to test if it would be possible to find a parallel universe that could be identical in many ways to our own, with mirror particles, mirror planets and possibly even mirror life.

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While the southern hemisphere has been enjoying a relatively mild winter, mainland Europe has sweltered for days under record-breaking temperatures. France reached temperatures of 39 degrees Celsius, Spain hit a high of 42 degrees, and the UK saw its hottest day of the year, reaching a balmy 33 degrees Celsius.

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We have become used to being connected 24 hours a day. Whether we are at work, at home, or out and about, we expect to be able to access the internet and our favourite apps, and we expect fast and stable connectivity.

 

Malaria still kills tens of thousands of people a year. While prophylactic drugs are available, they are generally too expensive for the populations living in malaria areas, as are other protective measures.

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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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