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Pieter Greyling
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Attended Jan van Riebeeck High School, Cape Town, South Africa
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‪#‎SUPPORT‬: More information on ‪#‎StandUp250‬ coming soon
On Thursday July 23 2015, 250 pilot whales were slaughtered in the Faroe Islands.
Since then, people from all around the world have been asking what they can do to help stop the slaughter, and how they can stand up for the pilot whales of the Faroe Islands, and for the 7 Sea Shepherd crewmembers who have been arrested for defending them.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOU CAN #StandUp250 - COMING SOON.
‪#‎SeaShepherd‬ ‪#‎OpGrindini‬
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Crows have a reasoning ability rivalling that of a human seven-year-old.
Scientists at the Univeristy of Aukland came to the conclusion after subjecting six wild crows to a battery of tests.
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Ecosia donates an impressive 80 percent of its income, after expenses, to programs that sows trees in Africa. The money, up to $75,000 a month (most of it from ads), is responsible for four new trees every minute, according to Ecosia spokesperson Jacey Bingler. That’s up from one tree a minute just two years ago, when Ifirst wrote about the Ecosia.org site, which went live in 2009.
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Corals are great at absorbing toxic heavy metals, which is one of the many reasonsthey are dying off. Now researchers have created synthetic corals that use these same properties to soak up the pollutants instead.
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The work has busted a myth that the snakes suffocate their victims.This showed that the lethal grip restricted blood flow severely enough to cut off the blood flow supplying oxygen to its vital organs. This "circulatory arrest", the scientists say, is a much more efficient, rapid and definite way of finishing off prey than expected.
Scientists work out how boa constrictors kill their prey, busting the myth that the snakes suffocate their victims.
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Currently, copper wires transfer information in a computer; the process is slowed down as the wires heat up. "Photonic" and "spintronic" computing is the principle of transferring information by light or electron spin. This new property means that silicon-based light detectors identify spin, so more information can be transferred.

Engineers and physicists have discovered a property of silicon which could aid the development of faster computers.
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James Bond is known for his ability to make the best of a bad situation, but a crow called 007 has also proved to be a top notch problem solver. The cunning crow has solved one of the most complex tests of the animal mind ever to be constructed. And did so in less than three minutes on camera - a world first.
The test was devised by Alex Taylor, a lecturer in evolutionary psychology based in Auckland New Zealand and is said to be one of the most complex for animals ever.
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Thanks for sharing, I love crows :)
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Throughout the history of the U.S. human spaceflight program, a peculiarly American rhetoric of manifest destiny, frontier conquest and exploitation has dominated official and public discourse.....people are losing interest in the human exploration of space “because spacefaring nations, and especially the USA, have clung on to outmoded cold war ways of thinking about it. The US attitude of ‘command’ over its international partners will no longer work.”
How jingoism corrupts American rhetoric on human spaceflight
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The creature’s limbs were probably not used for locomotion, the researchers say, but rather for grasping prey, or perhaps for holding on to mating partners. Such speculation inspired the snake’s name, which loosely translates as ‘four-legged hugging snake.’
"Hugging" creature from Brazil shakes up picture of snake evolution
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I'm reading some Richard Dawkins books, this post fascinates me at the moment, very cool.
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A new arms race doesn’t necessarily mean that war is coming. But in speaking with those who might end up on the front lines of the next great war, from U.S. fighter pilots to Chinese generals to Anonymous hackers, it’s clear that the battles of tomorrow will be very different from those of today.
Exoskeletons, self-guided bullets, and other enhancements will make soldiers better equipped to fight the wars of the future. [[Read the full story](http://www.popsci.com/future-war-enhanced-soldier)]
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A device called FlyBag is designed to absorb the shockwaves and shrapnel caused by explosions.
A new system that contains the explosion of bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been successfully tested.
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Google 's 'Black Mirror' Patent Could Let Us Record And Replay Our Memories

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Google has been awarded a patent which would allow us to search through a video database of our lives, all recorded through Google Glass or some future wearable technology. While it sounds like som
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Computer software development, programming stuff, and other obsessions ...
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  • Google
    Developer Advocate, 2011 - present
    Geo/Maps Developer Advocate Regional Developer Advocate - Africa Android Developer Advocate
  • Assorted
    Software systems architect, lead dev, programmer, technical project manager, consultant, dev manager, etc., 1986 - 2011
  • Me and Apress
    Google Android programming book author, 2010 - 2011
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London, UK
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Santiago, Chile - Cape Town, South Africa - Frankfurt. Germany - Zurich, Switzerland - Durban, South Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa - Puerto Montt, Chile - Montpellier, France - Pretoria, South Africa
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Pieter is a Developer Advocate in the Google Developer Platforms Team. Previously, and also at Google, he was a Maps/Geo Mobile APIs Developer Advocate, the Developer Relations Lead for Africa, and an Android Developer Advocate. He is the co-author of "Practical Android Projects", a book that teaches Android programming using Java as well as Python, Lua and JavaScript. 

He is passionate about mobile devices, the web, and free and open source computing. Especially the promise these hold for emerging and developing regions of the world. 

Before joining Google, Pieter worked internationally as a software architect and developer for over two decades in many roles and industries building systems and applications with myriad platforms and programming languages. Phew!


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I still have real friends .....
Education
  • Jan van Riebeeck High School, Cape Town, South Africa
    Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, Afrikaans, Financial Accounting, 1979 - 1983
  • University of South Africa
    Philosophy, Science of Religion, 1985 - 1985
  • University of Johannesburg
    Philosophy, Political Science, Ethics of Art, 1986 - 1986
  • Van Zyl and Pritchard College, South Africa
    COBOL Programming and Data Processing Systems Design, 1986 - 1987
  • SAPICS - Production & Inventory Control Society, South Africa
    Principles of Production and Inventory Management (PPIM-SAPICS), 1993 - 1993
  • Microsoft ATECS
    MCP - Microsoft Certified Professional, 1995 - 1996
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