Monthly Archives: August 2014

Oerknal

Andromeda

Die Andromeda sterrestelsel

oerknal

in die oerknal word
na baie kort
die ganse heelal
uitgestort

ons kennis
van die kosmos
van kwark tot kwasar
skyn kompleet

feite en teorieë wemel
soos snags sterre
aan die hemel

ons word verblind
deur soveel weet
die donker word vergeet

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Life in the “throw zone”

Wil jy een van hierdie monsters naby jou huis hê?

STOP THESE THINGS

On one level, the images depicted in this video will provide many STT readers with a deep sense of satisfaction, tinged with joy, and bound with glee; or even what the Germans call “schadenfreude”: the malicious glee that comes from witnessing another’s downfall.

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On another level, for those poor souls stuck with these mechanical monsters in their backyards it is a reminder of just how insanely dangerous they are.  Next time a smarmy developer or Planning Department lacky starts blathering about setback distances, take them to this video and ask them where they think all the pieces ended up and how far away they fell?

The developers and turbine manufactures use the euphemisms “blade throw” and “component liberation” to cover what is an explosive and frightening event posing a risk to human safety within distances of up to 1.5km.

STT has seen one serious study which uses statistics…

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Alzheimer’s Lite

forget_1

I remember the face but I’ve forgotten your name.

Alzheimer’s Lite

Ek vergeet
Wat het ons gisteraand geëet?

Op watter bladsy is ek nou
En waar ís my boek?

Ek onthou Ma se hande,
Haar droewe oë,
Die groewe langs haar mond.

Hoe het Saterdagaand se fliek geëindig?
En wáár is my boek?

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‘n Moderne Wonderwerk!

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

After a decade-long quest spanning six billion kilometres (3.75 billion miles), a European probe will come face to face Wednesday with a comet, one of the Solar System’s enigmatic wanderers.

The moment will mark a key phase of the most ambitious project ever undertaken by the European Space Agency (ESA) — a 1.3 billion euro ($1.76 billion) bid to get to know these timeless space rovers.

More than 400 million km from where it was launched in March 2004, the spacecraft Rosetta will finally meet up with its prey, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

To get there, Rosetta has had to make four flybys of Mars and Earth, using their gravitational force as a slingshot to build up speed, and then entering a 31-month hibernation as light from the distant Sun became too weak for its solar panels.

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