On Smile Breakfast this week, we discussed things that we are currently obsessed with.

I told you how I just cannot get enough of this video of a growling doggie being annoyed by it’s owner, with hilarious effect.

You won’t be able to get it out of your head:

With a confirmed case in Nigeria – the first in sub-Saharan Africa – the feared COVID-19 is creeping ever closer to our shores. The Western Cape Government is planning to brief the media this afternoon (2 March 2020) on the province’s readiness and measures that are being put in place in case of an outbreak.

 

The Coronavirus has now touched every continent, with the majority of infections reported in China, where it originated. Several South African citizens are being evacuated from Wuhan Province – the epicenter of the disease.

Due to dozens of hoaxes, fake news and myths circulating about the disease, National Government has blacked out information that does not come from itself or agencies like the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

This afternoon’s briefing should allay fears about both the country and the province’s ability to deal with an outbreak, should it occur. It is feared that if infections continue to rise, then COVID-19 could become a global pandemic.

But there are ways to mitigate the spread and protect yourself with the correct information and effective hygiene. I will share a list of absolute do’s and dont’s on Smile Breakfast tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, here are some resources to inform yourself properly:

Addressing fake news and myths: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Protecting yourself: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

Supplied by the Western Cape Department of Health

Hermanus is home to one of only 19 Space Weather Centres in the world. It is part of the function of the SA National Space Agency (SANSA), where I paid a visit recently. These centres are critical for monitoring solar flares that could lead to geo-storms and communication disruptions on earth.

The monitoring set-up is a geeky feast-for-the-eyes! Just have a look at the displays on these screens, while Space Weather Scientist, Teboho Nxele talks us through some of what he does, which includes space weather warnings to our military and the civil aviation industry!

 

Former NASA astronaut Dr Don Thomas kept it very clean when he joined Smile Breakfast on air last week.

But behind the scenes, we got him to spill the beans about that famous moon-landing hoax, the flat earth reality, shuttle shots and cosmic coitus.

This is the sexy new mini-Shuttle that’s hoping to be the world’s latest and greatest space plane to take humans into the final frontier.

We so often focus on Space-X, NASA and Virgin Galactic, that we forget there are other organisations with space ambitions.

So today I want to draw your attention to the Dream Chaser program of the Sierra Nevada Corporation, which is etching ever closer to becoming the next company to fly into orbit and onto the International Space Station (ISS).

The company has been testing this private space plane, which looks a bit like a mini space shuttle.

They have just announced their rocket booster partner, which will be the United Launch Alliance or ULA.

ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rocket is set for it’s first test launch in 2021; the same year in which Dream Chaser is meant to start honoring it’s NASA contract to deliver cargo to the ISS.

CEO and Founder Fatih Ozmen explains what makes them unique is that they have the best of both worlds:

NASA is working on bringing all it’s space demands and goals back to American companies, which it has been funding extensively to revolutionise future space flights.

In the meantime, it uses a combination of Space-X, Cygnus spacecraft, Russia’s Progress spacecraft and Japan’s HTV cargo ships.

Here is a video of the Dream Chaser’s history, goals and hopes for competing in an ever-growing space flight industry: