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“The cycle of poverty” has become a known economic phenomenon, with almost every government in the world trying to end this cycle over the past 100 years. This has proved extremely difficult, partly because of the cyclical nature of the problem.

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Earth is remarkable in our solar system because it is the only rocky planet with such a large moon, and is also the only planet besides Pluto to have a moon so fundamentally similar to itself in composition. Most bodies in the solar system have unique chemical compositions, but lunar rocks brought home during the Apollo missions show that their isotopic fingerprint is almost identical to that of minerals from Earth.

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Alan Greenspan, American economist and former Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States, once said: “Corruption, embezzlement, fraud; these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff.”

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A few years ago, microscopic life forms called tardigrades, also known as “water bears”, created an uproar in the scientific community, when one of the creatures laid eggs that successfully hatched after the tardigrade was frozen for almost 30 years. These animals can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space, researchers have found, and could provide clues to how we can make crops more resistant to drought, better preserve blood and medicines, and even make more effective sunscreen.

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In the wake of the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, civil engineering and architectural experts – not to mention historical authorities – will be gearing up to restore the damaged building. French President Emmanuel Macron has provided a timeline of just 5 years for the rebuilding efforts, stating “we will rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral, more beautiful than ever.”

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South Africa has exported many innovations overs over the years, ranging from the Kreepy Krawly to the heart transplant. Now Dimension Data and Cisco have partnered to take home-grown anti-poaching technology to the rest of the world.

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Steven Pinker, a Canadian psychologist and author, has proposed the controversial stance that inequality is not inherently bad. He argues that we should focus on questions of poverty and unfairness which are tied to the discussion around inequality, rather than inequality as a concept.

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South Africa’s battle against plastic pollution may have found a solution in the form of plastic roads. The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has announced a pilot project that would see a 1km stretch of road in Jeffreys Bay being built with new technology that involves recycled plastic.

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With the dawning of the first week without guaranteed load shedding in South Africa, many people have started tallying the cost of Eskom’s failure to provide regular electricity supply to the country. Based on using the standard cost of 75 cents per kilowatt-hour, and the average time the lights have been out for each individual load shedding announcement, Eskom has cost the economy R38 billion as of Wednesday 20 March. This includes a week of rolling blackouts in February.

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