Million-dollar flag

The South African Government is facing criticism after earlier this year proposing to spend $1.3 million US to construct a 100-metre tall ‘monumental flag’ – with US$300,000 proposed for geotechnical studies alone. The government’s plans have been met with outrage and criticism from citizens, political parties, and other groups following the department’s budget vote speech in May where the costs were revealed. The department was criticised for spending exorbitant amounts…

News that is out of this world

NASA’s InSight Mars lander has detected the strongest quake ever detected, not only on Mars but on any planet besides Earth. The temblor had an estimated magnitude 5 and on 4 May 2022. This adds to the catalog of more than 1,313 quakes InSight has detected since landing on Mars in November 2018. The largest previously recorded quake had an estimated magnitude 4.2 and was detected on August 25, 2021.…

Meta using AI to create low-carbon concrete for its data centres

Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has used AI to develop a new way of creating concrete which it claims produces 40 percent less carbon emissions than standard mixtures, and is already using it in its latest data centre. However, experts say that concrete mixtures with similar emissions are already in use across Europe, and that constructing new buildings is incompatible with reducing carbon pollution. Meta is investing heavily in AI research,…