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In the next 50 years, energy will probably be unrecognizably different, and the end of oil and the rise of renewable energies will bring about entirely new ways of living.
We are already in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution of technological progress, particularly in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, and quantum computation.
These new technologies and new energies will revolutionize all fields of knowledge as well as logistics and transport, reshaping our economic, social, cultural, and human environments.
Taken together, with the end of oil and the rapid transformation of our work and everyday life, we are facing great uncertainty.
We could try to patch up the situation that we are in now ,  funding failing refineries, for example, or paying locally to clean up after the global oil industry. But at TU Delft we have instead started to develop pathways to future urban spaces.

How will we overcome oil?
The task is large.
Petroleum is all around us, in products ranging from car fuel to asphalt, from building materials to clothing, from medicine to cosmetics.
It has influenced our ways of living over the last 150 years, shaping the economy, the environment and the climate, and society.
Each time technology rendered a petroleum product obsolete , think of lighting fuel ,  chemists developed a new one that would create new global demands and also feed them. As petroleum became ubiquitous, it also transformed the built environment around us.
Tangible results of petroleum power include many structures: refineries and oil storage along ports, as well as headquarters of oil companies, gas stations, bridges, rail and road infrastructure. Together they form a network linking existing cities and blurring traditional boundaries between urban and rural spaces, between nations and continents.
This network forms a kind of landscape, or what we might call a global petroleumscape. In turn, it helps sustain petroleum-based consumption and production flows.

In part because petroleum products structure our environment, and in part because this arrangement is so profitable to some big companies and countries, the oil era will probably not end soon. Nonetheless, we must engage with what climate change and the rise of renewable energies will mean for our everyday life and the spaces that we use.
Changing the energy landscape means dismantling the petroleumscape, reusing major parts of it where possible. It means cleaning up very polluted industrial sites, reconfiguring many levels of infrastructure, and repurposing everything oil-related. It also means establishing new narratives about architectures of oil as part of the past rather than part of a story of progress.
We will also change our approach to heritage buildings. To imagine architecture and urbanism beyond oil and to develop transition strategies to get there, we need to start by asking: Where do we come from and where do we want to be in 50 years?

What are the transition possibilities?
Building on the historical reflection, the studio we co-taught with Henri van Bennekom asks students to reflect on emerging energy sources.
In replacing oil, and in parallel with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, how specifically might they reorganize the spatial relationship between city and nature? We push them to reimagine the relationships between landscape, energy, infrastructure, technologies, and global-local economies.
Post-oil scenarios must do something with the many layers of the existing petroleumscape: its material and immaterial flows, its infrastructure, the historic city, the dispersed city, the landscape, and so on.
But such scenarios will also contain new urban spaces, such as walkable neighborhoods or spaces that cater to new sustainable lifestyles, or new urban functions generated as automation takes over existing tasks and provides people with more leisure time.
We also engage with these questions through architectural and urban design.

Moreover, we invite students to imagine transition strategies. Our first cohorts of students designed plans to clean up and redevelop the port and city of Rotterdam, and to preserve relevant heritage buildings.
They drew a comic strip depicting a Rotterdam in which water is the main commodity and oil sites are heritage sites and tourist attractions, just as Dutch canals and windmills started out as engineering devices and have since become tourist attractions. Other studio projects are considering the transformation of Dunkerque and Curacao beyond oil, fostering community engagement and nurturing the necessary narratives for rethinking urban life.
In light of the profound changes that are starting to transform the way we live in the city, travel, and meet people, the studio identifies scenarios of change and invites students to think about the long term and the role that urban space plays in regard to energy transition and lifestyle changes. Can we regenerate existing spaces and stories to make them work for us now?

By Carola Hein from Delft University of Technology
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The desire to kill off internal combustion is spreading.
Bloomberg reports that China plans to end the sale of fossil-fuel-burning vehicles, though it’s not yet clear when the ban will kick in.
Meanwhile, Reuters explains that India plans to electrify all new vehicles by 2030, with a detailed explanation of how that will happen expected by the end of the year.
A year or two ago, that kind of news would have been practically unthinkable. But as America under the Trump administration turns its back on efforts to address climate change, India and China have emerged as unlikely icons in the battle to save the planet.

China is currently the largest electric-vehicle market in the world with a thriving electric-car industry, though there are still far fewer such cars on the roads than those powered by gas and diesel.
India is further behind and still lacks a domestic battery manufacturing industry, which may make a homegrown electric-vehicle scene slower to take off.
Even so, if the two huge Asian countries do push ahead as reported and stamp out cars that run on fossil fuels, they will join the U.K. and France, which have both recently decided to outlaw the sale of new internal-combustion cars by 2040.

Such big policy shifts that, as we’ve argued before, are the only way to quickly make electric cars pervasive.
A recent analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggested that electric vehicles could account for as many as half of all new cars sold by 2040.
If moves like those in India and China continue to be announced, this optimistic assessment may actually stand a chance of coming true.
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While shows like the Australian 4x4 Expo and Overland Expo highlight tough, no-nonsense trailers and motorhomes ready to get dirty right now, the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon dedicates some space to futuristic campers and technologies. And this year, the Volkswagen California XXL isn't the only such concept camper wowing the crowds.
France's Green Cat Technologies has possibly the most head-turning concept at the show with a caravan that folds out into a roomy living space complete with solar and wind power generation.
The sCarabane even rotates 360 degrees at camp, tracking the sun to generate electricity and hot water.
What looks quite like a permanent, off-grid tiny home when all set up at camp is actually a folding caravan that packs neatly into a 25.6-ft-long (7.8-m-long) wheeled box via fold-down, flip-up and swing-out hardware on both sides. One side features a large outdoor deck with retractable awning, while the other side adds two bedrooms to the central living area.
Green Cat says the sCarabane goes from living to driving form in about 30 minutes, with just one person able to do the work on their own.
The caravan serves as more proof that the French are masters of this type of structural compaction, as we've previously witnessed with the Beauer 3X.
While its expansion hardware is impressive, what really drives the sCarabane design is the almost-obsessive focus on green technologies that lies at its very core.
Perhaps the most extreme example is the electrical rotation system that spins the caravan 360 degrees to optimize sun exposure and keep light and radiation flowing to the the solar panels and water-heating system. The caravan mounts on a circular track and rotates slowly as needed.

Setting the sCarabane up
We've seen the concept of a sun-tracking, small-living solution before, albeit on a tiny house, not a caravan. Green Cat has built out a more elaborate solar-harvesting system that includes the collapsible, 65-sq ft (6-sq m) parabolic concentrator mirror on the roof, providing a natural means of heating water for supply to the faucets, shower, washing machine and dishwasher inside. There's also a 500-W solar panel array on the roof.
The sCarabane also takes advantage of the natural light and warmth of the sun. The adjustable bubble window at the far end includes a reflective shade that allows the occupants to adjust the level of natural light and heat. Similarly, a large "rose window" on each bedroom roof features a petal-like array of transparent sections that can be manually adjusted to let in the desired amount of light.
The rose window adjusts from fully open to fully closed, altering the amount of sunlight in...
In addition to solar power, the sCarabane generates electricity from the wind. A retractable vertical axis wind turbine located in its own storage compartment pops up at camp to make those dreaded campground winds a little more bearable and useful. This means you can actually enjoy the fruits of high winds while sheltering yourself inside and running electrical equipment like the TV. During times when wind is the best option for generating electricity, the rotation system can be used to better align the wind turbine.
Green Cat admits that the sCarabane's ability to be fully self-sufficient will depend upon the location, season, user behavior and current conditions, but the design certainly has a much better chance than the average caravan of keeping its systems running efficiently while off the grid.
Green Cat is even working on rainwater collection and water filtration systems so that the caravan could provide its own clean water.
Beyond its robust off-grid innovations package, the sCarabane looks like a comfy, well-equipped caravan that would be a pleasure to spend some time in.
The full-length deck lets occupants enjoy the outdoors, offering enough space for an outdoor dining set and a few lounge chairs. The deck also includes a fold-down mini-bar that's connected to the indoor kitchen by way of a large hatch, making it easy to serve and enjoy cocktails and appetizers.

Enjoying the outdoor bar
The full-size deck door leads into the kitchen/dining area. Instead of just a single kitchen block, as in many caravans and motorhomes, the sCarabane has blocks on either side of the kitchen floor. The one that connects to the outdoor mini-bar includes a sink, three-burner propane stove, countertop and dishwasher, while the unit on the opposite wall has more countertop, storage, and access to the microwave and large refrigerator. There are drawers and cabinets on both sides.
The six-person dining set to the left of the entry transforms into an extra sleeping area, supplementing the 77.5-sq ft (7.2-sq m) master bedroom and 59-sq ft (5.5-sq m) children's bedroom.
The bubble window is located adjacent to the dining area, letting natural light and open views flow into the main living area. A TV and multimedia system mounted on the wall provides indoor entertainment.
The dry bathroom with separate toilet, sink and shower compartments is located on the other side of the kitchen. Here you'll also find the compact washing machine.
The master bedroom has a double bed, integrated shelving and a drop-down desktop, while the simpler kids' room has two single beds. Each bedroom has its own full-size door to the outside.

Fillon Technologies began work on the sCarabane concept in 2013, and as of last month, Green Cat Technologies took over its further development with Fillon as a partner. Green Cat is showing the latest iteration this week in Düsseldorf.
The caravan appears to be primarily a showcase of technologies and design ideas, but Green Cat does mention that it's looking for partners to both develop the caravan itself and apply sCarabane technologies to other products.
Whether or not the sCarabane makes it to market, it does provide an interesting starting point for a conversation about the future of caravan design and sustainable off-grid living.
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Japan’s agricultural sector could find a much-needed boost with an innovative approach to growing that combines solar power generation and mushroom cultivation.
Sustainergy a Tokyo-based renewable-energy startup, in collaboration with Hitachi Capital and Daiwa House Industry, is determined to generate a total 4,000 kilowatts of solar power on two underutilized farm sites in Japan.
Not only would the 2,000 kw output at each site stand as the largest of any similar facility in the country, the solar sites will serve another agricultural purpose: the cultivation of cloud-ear mushrooms, which require little sunlight, underneath the solar panels.

In previous years, a reduced feed-in tariff kept potential entrepreneurs from seeking to convert land for solar purposes. However, in 2013, regulations were relaxed to ease the transition, though the government continued to insist that this land still be used for agriculture in some form.
As Japan’s workforce ages and its young people primarily move into urban areas for job opportunities, much of the country’s farmland is unused, with some estimates claiming that about 10 percent of agricultural land is abandoned.
If all of Japan’s abandoned agricultural spaces were converted to include solar power generation, the Ministry of Environment estimates that these projects could generate 70,000 megawatts, which would be enough energy to power 20 million households.

1.2 billion yen ($11 million) will be invested in the initial mushroom-solar sites in Miyagi Prefecture in northeast Japan.
If this project proves successful, the collaborating companies plan to open up the concept to farmers and utilities across Japan, with Hitachi Capital providing panels and equipment to farmers for free, to start. This would allow farmers to become self-sufficient in their energy needs and earn a supplemental income.
Additionally, mushroom cultivation would prove to be a big boost for local food; most cloud ear mushrooms consumed in Japan are currently imported from China.
The solar-mushroom farms are expected to yield 40 tons of edible mushrooms while the power generated could be sold annually for 140 million yen ($1.27 million).
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Watch Cassini crash into Saturn: September 15th, 2017

On Friday, NASA will crash the Cassini spacecraft into Saturn! You can watch:

• September 14th, 11 pm EDT (Sept. 15, 0300 GMT): Final downlink of Cassini images starts. These images will be streamed online.

• September 15th, 7:00-8:30 am EDT (1100 to 1230 GMT): Live commentary about Cassini's plunge into Saturn, with an uninterrupted camera feed from Mission Control.

• About 8:00 am EDT (1200 GMT): Cassini’s last science data, and final signal, should reach Earth.

• 9:30 am EDT (1330 GMT): Post-mission news conference.

Go here to watch:

If you're impatient, watch this now:

If this doesn't make you shed a tear, you've got no heart. Since 2004, Cassini has been taking magnificent photos of Saturn, its moons, and its rings. It successfully sent the Huyghens probe down to the methane oceans of Titan; it swooped past the steam plumes of the geysers on Enceladus, it discovered the huge hexagon on Saturn's north pole, and more!

But now it is running out of propellant and losing its ability to manuever. To prevent it from crashing into the moon Enceladus and perhaps infecting its ice-covered ocean, NASA wants Cassini to burn up and fall into Saturn. So in April 2017 they put it on an impact course: The Grand Finale.

They shot Cassini past Titan and used the giant moon's gravity to fling the spacecraft toward Saturn. Since then it's made 22 daring dives between the Saturn and its rings — one each week! I hope you saw this wonderful image from its latest plunge:

Over millennia, gravity organizes chunks of ice floating in space into amazingly delicate structures... mathematics in action!

Soon Cassini will fall into Saturn. Its final images will have been sent to us several hours before... but even as makes its fatal dive, it will be sending new data in real time. Its mass spectrometer will sample Saturn's atmosphere until Cassini loses contact and burns up like a meteor, finally becoming part of the planet it has been circling for years.

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Triple A HD App Review as found free in the Google Play-Store for download. Here is an example of what the App can do. Maybe you love art or are just bored? This passed the time especially if you have a huge I-PAD. It works for all Android Platforms and Windows phones.This video is 1:44 long.

This Graphics Drawing App is absolutely free for download in the Google Play Store. This is a great App for Artist,Drawing,And Graphics App.

This is a great graphic tablet for any age but even better for children. This is App is supported from android,smartphones,or any phone and is free for download. This is one of the many reviews on Android Apps such as drawing apps,art apps for Ipad and Android platforms and it's a great way to pass some time. Hope you like it!
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Machine Learning "Gaydar"

Once again, AI is pushing us into difficult ethical terrain.

Human judges performed much worse than the algorithm, accurately identifying orientation only 61% of the time for men and 54% for women. When the software reviewed five images per person, it was even more successful – 91% of the time with men and 83% with women. Broadly, that means “faces contain much more information about sexual orientation than can be perceived and interpreted by the human brain”, the authors wrote.

It’s easy to imagine spouses using the technology on partners they suspect are closeted, or teenagers using the algorithm on themselves or their peers. More frighteningly, governments that continue to prosecute LGBT people could hypothetically use the technology to out and target populations. That means building this kind of software and publicizing it is itself controversial given concerns that it could encourage harmful applications.
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