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March 23, 2017

Ten Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life

https://www.forbes.com/sites/josephsteinberg/2014/06/30/ten-safety-tips-that-could-save-your-life/#136d9796c8db

Keep your car keys on your night table. If your key contains a panic alert button, and your car is in range of your bedroom, pressing the panic button will cause the horn to blast and the headlights to flash — potentially saving lives during a home invasion by scaring criminals away, alerting neighbors to the fact that an emergency situation is unfolding, and helping police to more quickly find your home. Set the home address on your GPS to an address (or fake address) near your home, but not to your actual home address. If someone breaks into your car while you [...]
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March 16, 2017

Facebook Users Make Their Own News Bubbles

Facebook users who are the most news-obsessed are also the most likely to interact with a small number of news sources, new research finds.

The study is a look at the architecture of social media polarization — essentially, how people are so effective at sorting themselves into opposing groups and filtering out alternative opinions. Though Facebook has algorithms that feed users content they’re likely to enjoy, previous research has found that people’s own choices on the social network are a stronger influence on the sorts of opinions those individuals see. (Politics conversations on Twitter aren’t much different.)

The new research, published today [...]

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March 10, 2017

How SA team cracked the heart-attack gene code

Maryam Fish, 30, of Lansdowne, led an all-female team of researchers at the University of Cape Town, along with Gasnat Shaboodien and Sarah Krause, who made the discovery with researchers from Italy

Fifty years after South Africa performed the world’s first successful heart transplant, a woman from the Cape Flats has made another landmark medical discovery that could prevent hundreds of cardiac-related deaths every year.

The discovery of a gene that is a major cause of sudden death among under-35s is likely to put South Africa on the map in the world of genetics, showing that the country “is on par with international researchers”.

Maryam Fish, 30, [...]

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January 18, 2017

METRO FM MUSIC AWARD CONTENDERS ANNOUNCED

The nominees for the 2017 awards were announced at a glitzy event in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening, attended by some of the biggest names in SA music

Amazulu hitmaker Amanda Black was perhaps the happiest on the night, scoring nominations in the Best Pop, Best Female, Best RnB, Best New Artist and Song of the Year categories.

Babes Wodumo, Nasty C and Kwesta all scored four nominations each.

The prestigious Song of the Year category will be contested by Babes Wodumo (Wololo), Musa & Robbie Malinga (Mthande), Kwesta (Ngud), Amanda Black (Amazulu), Dr Malinga (Akulaleki), Durban’s Finest (Umsindo), King Monada (Ska Bhora Moreki), Nasty C (Hell Naw), Lebo [...]

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