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Going The Distance
How has the B-52 stood the test of time while other military aircraft haven’t? Because it was engineered to keep aerodynamic and payload forces in balance during missions, minimising stresses that weaken other planes over time. Active B-52s aren’t pa
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Tabula Rogeriana
The Tabula Rogeriana, or Book of Roger, was completed by Moroccan cartographer Muhammad al-Idrisi in 1154. Compiled over 15 years for King Roger II of Sicily – who hoped the map could inform and expand his rule – the book included a world map with 70
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Pro Notes
‘How can I secure my cubicle from prying intruders – in a covert way?’ – M STEVEN We chat ted to Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, to get his tips on locking down your workspace, James Bond style
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Time Machine
Man-carrying Kite is Steadier than Balloon The illustration on the cover of this issue portrayed a man perched on an oversized kite, making observations through his binoculars. This invention underwent multiple successful test flights, and was said t
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DIY Braai Station
HAVING A sturdy place to put things when standing around the braai fire can be a big help. We’re talking a spot for plates, spices, a meat tray, tongs, cutlery, you name it… So to make your life easier, Kreg’s put together a simple project for you to
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Win With Master Lock
Master Lock Keyed Locking Cable: The 1.8 m-long self-coiling braided-steel cable is designed for maximum strength, while the vinyl coating prevents scratches and protects the cable. Master Lock Rod Lock: The 15 mm-wide metal body and 3 mmdiameter ste
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Buyer’s Guide
LEDVANCE.COM THREE PRODUCT LINES – THREE RECOMMENDED CONTROL OPTIONS SMART HOME COMFORT – LIGHT CONTROL BY SMARTPHONE We recommend using the LEDVANCE SMART+ WIFI app via a WiFi router as the ideal way to control SMART+ WIFI products. SMART HOME PREMI
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To Make A Better Cocktail, You Need The Right Ice
ICE MIGHT BE THE MOST OVERlooked ingredient of any cocktail recipe. It keeps a drink cold, ensures that it isn’t too stiff, and even alters taste perception. Ask a good bartender about ice, and they’ll tell you why a particular shape or size is best.
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Ford
4-year/120 000 km warranty 6-year/90 000 km service plan Double-cab XL from R462 900 Sport Pack R16 500 ford.co.za THE FORD Ranger XL is now available with an optional ‘Sport Pack’, which plugs a gap in the line-up. I admit, it was quite a narrow gap
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Make Your Own Wedge-based Bar Clamps
YOU’LL NEVER hear a woodworker say that they have enough clamps in their workshop. Such a scenario just doesn’t exist. Clamps are essential, coming in many diverse sizes and configurations for everything we build. From creating large table tops to ch
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Ptolemy’s Geographia
The Greeks were the first known culture to apply a scientific approach to measuring and mapping the world. The philosopher Pythagoras theorised as early as the 6th century BCE that the Earth was round. And by 200 BCE, the scholar Eratosthenes compare
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THE FUTURE OF Off-road Is Electric
ELECTRIC SUPREMACY IS indisputable: More power, immediate torque, superior ground clearance, and in-hub motors commanding each wheel make electric vehicles (EVs) ideal for a demanding go-anywhere adventure compared with dieselor petrol-engine vehicle
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Facebook Neural Nets Solve Differential Equations
IF UNIVERSITY students could obtain a copy of Facebook’s latest neural network – a series of algorithms that resemble the human brain – they could cheat all the way through Calculus 300. At the least, they could solve the following differential equat
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Da Vinci’s Tools Of War
Leonardo designed an early diving suit, which he hoped the Romans could use to disable enemy ships. The inventor drafted designs for an early parachute made of wood and linen. Skydiver Adrian Nicholas put the chute to the test in 2000. A far cry from
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Catalan Atlas
Ancient sailors navigated the seas by keeping in sight of land and observing the sun and stars. If clouds rolled in, they pulled in their sails and waited for better visibility. The discovery of the compass – a magnetised needle on wood, floating in
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Babylonian Map Of The World
The oldest surviving world map depicts the world view of Babylonians circa 600 BCE. The five-inch stone tablet is centred around Babylon, the wide rectangle, which straddles the Euphrates River, depicted by the crooked lines running from top to botto
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Exploring The Milkless Way
WHETHER IT’S because of a lactose intolerance, a mild allergy, or you’re motivated by environmental reasons (yes, eating dairy products has serious negative knockon effects for the natural world), more and more people are adopting a dairy-free diet.
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Riding With Thecurrent
A TOP SPEED limited to 240 km/h. Zero to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds. 215 Nm of torque, all of it available instantaneously, from the moment you twist the throttle. No emissions, no clutch, no shifting of gears, extended riding range… I know – this all r
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Aerial Map Of Manhattan
The first photograph taken from the air was shot from a 80 metre-high hot-air balloon in 1858. It was an inauspicious start – and that photo of a small French village was lost – but aviation would revolutionise map-making. From above, a photograph co
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Keeping Track
WE ARE all born trackers – tracking our families, the weather, our physical condition, our emotions, the stock market, or a subtle new behaviour trait of a friend or colleague, says Alex van den Heever in his book, Changing a Leopard’s Spots, written
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3d-printed Products That Make You Healthier, Safer, And Smile Better
Last season, at least one member of every NFL team played in this prototype helmet from Riddell, which uses custom-fitted, 3D-printed liners to better absorb blows. The precisely mapped sections have 140 000 individual struts arranged in a lattice de
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Clever Tips And Lifehacks
I devised a simple solution for a serious problem: the ingestion of plastic bags by certain animals that results in their death by starvation, in spite of them still having access to an abundance of food. Antelope such as kudu have no natural way to
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Dream Big
WRITE TO US popularmechanics@ramsaymedia.co.za Moving in next door to Dave and Erica some years ago really challenged me. We watched the two of them building a yacht right there in their front yard. And that was not their first one! It made me realis
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Give Your Car A New Lease On Life
IT TOOK ME a long time to decide on the car I wanted to buy. Finances dictated that I shop in the second-hand market, and after in-depth research, visiting several dealers and contacting many sellers, I settled on a five-yearold turbodiesel Nissan X-
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Alternatives To Milk
ALMOND MILK is made from ground almonds and filtered water, but may also contain thickeners and emulsifiers to help improve consistency. Unsweetened, it’s particularly low in calories and is free from saturated fat. Though almonds are high in protein
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Google Earth, Maps, And Street View
The Cold War drove the next leaps in mapping technology. The launch of Sputnik sparked the development of GPS when MIT scientists realised they could track the Soviet satellite from the ground by observing how its radio signal changed as it moved, an
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