Leahn Pieterse

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My 977 days held hostage by Somali pirates

Michael Scott Moore was kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2012. For the first time, he tells the story of his abduction, detention and eventual release<p>One afternoon two years into my captivity, in a dirty villa, I sat up on the mattress and noticed that my guard had left the room. His rifle lay on a …

Self-Pity

Meet the man who grows chairs (and tables and lamps)

Gavin Munro doesn’t just grow trees, he grows furniture. Making one piece of furniture can take decades using traditional methods, if you consider …

Furniture

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.<p>From where I'm standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and …

Rare Earth

Sustainably feeding cities with aquaponics | DW | 19.03.2015

Tucked away behind a furniture store, a hardware store and a post office, you'll find what could be the future of urban farming: What once was a …

Aquaponics

The towns where travellers lose track of time

It was only supposed to be a couple of days; time enough to check out the temple you’d read about, pick up some bargains in the market, and mosey round the town before you head off to the next stop on your travels.<p>Yet somehow it’s a week later and not only are you still there, but you can’t see …

What Other World Religions Think About Jesus

People trying to discover the truth about God should take a hard look at Jesus before looking anywhere else. While that may sound like a bold …

Theology

Drones, new tech pack a mighty punch on the farm

Drones may seem like a fun toy — but on the farm, these fancy fliers mean business.<p>“At the end of the day, you want better information to make better …

LeaRning Path on R - Step by Step Guide to Learn Data Science on R

One of the common problems people face in learning R is lack of a structured path. They don’t know, from where to start, how to proceed, which track …

Billionaire boom: Where the money is now

The world has 155 new billionaires, pushing the worldwide total to 2,325.<p>That's a 7% jump from 2013, according to the 2014 "Billionaire Census" from Wealth-X and UBS.<p>So who is your standard billionaire? According to the report, the typical billionaire has about $3.1 billion, is 63 years old, and …

7 Whiskey Drinks That Could Help Cure Your Cold

Here, seven whiskey cocktails to help dilate your blood vessels and put you on the path to recovery.<p>When you’re stuffed up and sick, there’s nothing …

Cocktails

US to withdraw Ebola troops despite new cases

The US military is preparing to withdraw all but 100 of the 2,800 troops it currently has deployed to West Africa in response to the Ebola epidemic, the Pentagon has announced.<p>In a statement on Tuesday, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said "nearly all will return by April 30".<p>US officials said …

Disease