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Greetings, all!

r62

Ah, the R62. The world's longest wine route (and most beautiful road), in the gorgeous Klein Karoo

Before explaining the subject of this post further, I thought I’d explain that my absence hasn’t been due to my deciding no longer to pen sciencey things, but can instead be put down to the fact that I have spent the last three weeks in South Africa.  Which means I now have a tan :)

And it is with this absence in mind that I now put out the challenge (or request, depending on how you look at it).  I have been sadly, sorely, out of touch with everything happening in the world of science and tech.  Being up to date would be nice.  However, given that I have a day job and all, I am unable to sift through the last three weeks of news.

Which is where all of you come in: what’s happened in the last three weeks?  What were the most important/amusing/fascinating stories and discoveries in this time period?  Please keep your answers short and to the point, and, of course, haikus are always welcome.