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  Plant of the week  
   Barleria obtusa   
Barleria obtusa
 
An evergreen flowering shrublet with masses of dainty violet flowers from April to May.
The size of the plant varies when planted in different growing environments. From about one metre as a low bushy plant in the open, whilst shady conditions encourage long sprawling branches which reach a height
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RISING TIDAL POWER.
21-02-2012 18:13
Schools of fish. Barnacles. Seaweed. Dolphins. Whales. The highly corrosive nature of salt water. Fishing nets and lines. Submarines. Ships and boats. All things, and more, for designers and engineers of ocean energy devices to worry themselves with. Still, with the oceans covering two-thirds of the planet, capturing their energy for clean power is a challenge worth pursuing.

Ocean currents, such as the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream, could feasibly be harnessed for significant energy.
RISING TIDAL POWER.
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What's flowering this month?
Eriocephalus africanus
Eriocephalus africanus
 
Pavetta lanceolata
Pavetta lanceolata
 
Hibiscus calyphyllus
Hibiscus calyphyllus
 
Welwitschia mirabilis
Welwitschia mirabilis
 
Strophanthus speciosus
Strophanthus speciosus
 
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Try these hikes in the WESTERN CAPE...
 
Tranquillity Cracks Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling 
Tranquillity Cracks
Where: Table mountain, Camps Bay
Duration: 3 - 5 hrs
Devils Peak via Saddle path Tiring    No exposure to heights 
Where: CapeTown South africa
Duration: 4 hrs
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine Strenuous    Some mild rock scrambling 
Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine
Where: Suikerbossie Circuit, Hout Bay
Duration: 5hrs
Harkerville Hiking Trail Strenuous    Very exposed (not for people with even a mild fear of heights) 
Harkerville Hiking Trail
Where: Between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Duration: 2 days
 
  Hike of the week  
  Lions Head  
  Province: WESTERN CAPE  
  Duration: 4 - 5hrs  
  Distance: 6km  
  Tiring    Moderately exposed (not for people with serious fear of heights)  
Lions Head
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  Mushroom of the week  
 
Leccinum duriusculum
  Photo submitted: klair (28 June 2010)  
 
Leccinum duriusculum
Choice Choice
Size: 20 - 150 mm
Habitat: Grows in woods
Spore bearing: pores Pores
convex  glabrous  free 
ventricose  bulbous 
Whitish when very young, becoming donkey brown. Margin overhangs tubes when older. Edible and very tasty.
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  Some other choice mushrooms...  
Lactarius deliciosus
Lactarius deliciosus
 
Coprinus micaceus
Coprinus micaceus
 
Boletus granulatus
Boletus granulatus
 
Agaricus campestris
Agaricus campestris
 
Boletus edulis
Boletus edulis
 
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ARTICLES

   
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp
Shedding Light on the Moser Lamp 21-09-2014 16:48
In the midst of yet another electricity blackout in the Brazilian countryside in 2002, Alfredo Moser, a mechanic from Southern Brazil’s Uberaba, and his friends discussed ways to beckon rescuers during an emergency.
   
   
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing
African Farmers Urged To Change Ways Because Weather Is Changing 29-03-2014 15:39
PEMBA, Zambia — A few decades ago, corn farmers here in Zambia’s rural southern province could predict when the annual rains would begin almost to the day.
   
   
RISING TIDAL POWER.
RISING TIDAL POWER. 21-02-2012 18:13
Schools of fish.
   
   
WEIRD WEATHER WILL LEAD TO GLOBAL WARMING ACTION ... EVENTUALLY.
21-02-2012 18:10
Sorry Europe.
   
   
WHERE’S THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY?
21-02-2012 18:08
It wasn’t too many year’s ago that many thought the U.
   
   
  

NEWS

   
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway
Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway 10-06-2014 17:33
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum.
   
   
Happy Feet tag not transmitting.
Happy Feet tag not transmitting. 12-09-2011 05:49
Happy Feet, the penguin who was given a second lease on life and was given a lift part of the way back to his antarctic home has disappeared from the radar.
   
   
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles?
Plant to process disposable nappies into roof tiles? 12-09-2011 05:41
A new plant is due to open today in in West Bromwich in the UK, designed to recycle disposable nappies and other similar items recovering the components which can then be used to manufacture a range of building products including roof tiles.
   
   
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home
Follow Happy Feet's Journey Home 05-09-2011 15:49
Happy Feet, the Emperor penguin who lost his way and found himself stuck on a beach in New Zealand back in June and eating sand instead of snow has been released back into the wild.
   
   
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person.
Welcome to the world's 7 Billionth person. 02-09-2011 16:04
Well the experts don't think that they have arrived yet but it is predicted that during October somewhere in the world, probably India or China, the most populous nations on the planet, a birth will bring the total number of humans living on this fragile globe to 7 billion.
   
 
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