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Wacky scientists honoured with Ig Nobel Prizes

SHAUN SPROULE

Every year the Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded to scientists whose research is deemed “different” from other ground-breaking research. As the organisers of the event put it, prizes are awarded to “research that makes people laugh and then think”. This year marked the 26th annual Ig Nobel Prize awards where scientists received their honours from actual Nobel Laureates. The ceremony takes place at Harvard University and is attended by some of the greatest scientific minds in the world. The scientists are allowed to let loose, even throwing paper planes around the auditorium, delivering one word welcoming speeches, and pulling various pranks and science jokes. Perdeby took a look at some of the most notable prizes won this year.

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SRC to host UP Spring Day bash

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN

The SRC will be hosting the annual official UP Spring Day event on 7 September. The event will take place from 13:00 to 22:00 on the Rag Farm and will feature a beer garden, food stalls, benefit concert and fun activities. Tickets are R50 pre-sale and R60 at the door and the event is open to all UP students.

Peter Kamlongera, the TuksRag chairperson who also serves on the SRC as the TuksRag ex-officio, explained that the event is in aid of UP students with disabilities and that a portion of each ticket sale will be donated to the disabilities unit on campus. Kamlongera explained that based on the success they had with the [Rag] procession in terms of attendance and the money they managed to raise, they decided to host a Spring Day with the same format. “Initially we hadn’t even thought about [hosting a Spring Day] event this year based on the past failures and the fact that we haven’t really had one in the past three years,” he said.

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A new reality with rAge 2016

AAISHA KALLIER

Every year a weekend is set aside and dedicated to South Africa’s biggest video gaming, computer, technology and geek culture exhibition. This year on 7-9 October, thousands will make their way to the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate to enjoy three days of gaming, tech and gadgets. At the event you will be able to purchase the newest games, chat to local comic book artists or take pictures with the amazing cosplayers. The latest and greatest are presented and showcased in an accessible way to people who all share the same passion.

In its 14th year, the NAG Lan is South Africa’s largest bring-your-own-computer Lan event. NAG Lan allows gamers to enjoy 52 hours of multiplayer games on one network. Sponsors come out in full force to support this unforgettable experience.

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Highlights from Gamescom 2016

KOJO ESSAH

Gamescom is an annual trade fair for video games held at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. The event was held from 17- 21 August 2016 and attracted approximately 345 000 visitors from 97 countries. The event set a new record, with 30 500 trade visitors exhibiting at the fair with 877 companies originating from 54 different countries.

Konami unveiled Metal Gear Survive, a four player co-op zombie survival game. The announcement was met with polarised reception and the announcement trailer received many dislikes on Youtube. Many people have speculated that this is a sign that the Metal Gear franchise is slowly dying ever since creator Hideo Kojima’s split from Konami. Highly-anticipated first-person shooter Battlefield 1 from developer DICE was shown off with a new multiplayer map that attendees got to experience first-hand. Scalebound, an Xbox exclusive fantasy game developed by Platinum Games, also had a new demo for the fair which increased anticipation for the game.

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Mi Casa to celebrate women at Emmarentia Live

JESSICA NOGIEĆ

Local favourite Mi Casa has been touring Africa but will be making a stop-off in their home country for Emmarentia Live on 9 August. Perdeby had a chat to them about their tour and what to expect on the day.

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