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NASA made headlines this week with the news that the Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of the Arches Cluster, the densest known star cluster in the Milky Way. Located about 25 000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), it is a fairly young astronomical object at between 2-million and 4-million years old. The Arches Cluster is so dense that in a region with a radius equal to the distance between the sun and its nearest star there would be over 100 000 stars. At least 150 stars within the cluster are among the brightest ever discovered in the Milky Way.

Also in the news this week, Huawei Technologies Africa plans to invest in the continent’s first Open Lab, to be sited in South Africa. The Open Lab is part of the company’s plans for energetic growth on the continent and in South Africa.  Kathy Gibson reports from World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town. Meanwhile, SAP Africa hosted a Celebrity Charity Software Coding Challenge in Johannesburg, in support of the inaugural Africa Code Week scheduled for October 2015. The celebrities involved included international musician Loyiso Bala; Bafana Bafana footballer Simphiwe Tshabalala; president of the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, Rebecca Sykes; and Mr South Africa 2014/15, Armand du Plessis.

And finally, by 2040 knowledge workers will decide where and how they want to work. In 25 years’ time, work will be seen as something workers do, rather than a place they commute to each day. Work patterns will be radically different compared today today, with no fixed place or timetable. Instead, a new generation of workspace consumers will choose their workplace based on an often fluid work schedule.

Until next week,

The IT-Online team