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SA ‘UFO’ was Elon Musk rocket

An object seen in the sky across South Africa on Sunday was a rocket and not a UFO as was widely believed, a satellite tracking expert said on Monday. “What happened was that at 6pm our time [on Sunday], a rocket, called Falcon, was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and carrying

Duncan McLeod
Where are SA’s next mavericks?

Mark Shuttleworth certainly isn’t afraid of taking the proverbial bull by the horns. After selling his South African Internet security business Thawte for US$575m at the height of the dot-com bubble, spending $20m and a year in training to become the first South African in space, and launching an operating system

Alistair Fairweather
Genius capitalises on insanity

For the better part of a decade, the US has been in a slump. Its unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, its growth rate even more stubbornly low. Its government is deadlocked, its debt is rising quickly and its populace is largely gloomy about the future. And yet, at least in one city, the ­optimism is palpable

Chris Roper
You’re with stupid

South by Southwest (SxSw, or “South By” as those in the know refer to it) is now in its 20th year of existence, and more than ever the premier gathering for those who work in the interactive, digital arena. Running from March 8 to 17, it is being held in Austin

Alistair Fairweather
Elon Musk: SA’s billionaire inventor and explorer

The rocket is 10 storeys tall. As we watch, it ignites and rises slowly skyward on a tongue of flame. A few hundred metres into the air it stops and slowly descends again, landing gracefully on the same launchpad it just left. Elon Musk smiles ecstatically at his audience, like a proud father at the birth of a

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International Newsmakers of 2012

As has become customary at this time of the year, TechCentral is pleased to present its lists of who it considers the biggest technology newsmakers over the past 12 months, both internationally and in South Africa. We kick it off, as always, with the five people the

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Elon Musk and his mission to Mars

It was bad SA television that gave Elon Musk part of his mysterious edge. As a 10-year-old he read whole volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica after emptying the family bookshelves — anything to avoid another episode of CHiPs or Die Man van Intersek. Avoiding sports and bullies just as keenly

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