Desert ski slopes and outdoor aircon: can the scorching emirates really go green?

It is one of Earths biggest carbon emitters, a place where SUVs roar from manmade islands to malls with ski slopes. Can an architecture triennial in the UAE really teach us how to go green? A perfectly manicured lawn lines either side of the eight-lane highway leading into the Gulf city of Sharjah. Punctuated by rows of palm trees and pink-blossomed flowerbeds, it is a lush, implausible vision, sustained by a constant mist of sprinklers beneath the scorching sun. Beyond the green ribbon, expansive gated villas sprout from the sand, giving way to mirrored glass towers, leading to a reconstructed old town, where air conditioning is pumped into the alleys of an open-air souk. Its not hard to see how …

Takeaways from Nvidias latest quarterly earnings

Nvidia has been on a wild growth ride the past five years. Surfing a wave around AI deep learning and cryptocurrency where its specialized chip architecture is among the highest performing, the company’s share price rose from the low $20s in late 2014 to eventually soar to almost $300 in September 2018. And then crypto winter set in, and within weeks the company’s market cap was sliced nearly in half as crypto miners canceled their orders and inventories at Nvidia started building up a glut of chips. NVIDIA to buy supercomputer chipmaker Mellanox for $6.9B, beating out Intel and Microsoft So with its latest earnings announcement coming after the bell yesterday, the big questions were how it was continuing to …

Notre Dame fire: row as general tells architect to ‘shut his mouth’

Army general rebuked after lashing out at chief architect over cathedral rebuild plans The French government has rebuked the army general charged with the rebuilding of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral after he told the chief architect to shut his mouth, in a sign of tensions over the cathedrals future appearance. Gen Jean-Louis Georgelin lost his cool with Philippe Villeneuve in a dispute over whether to Notre Dame Cathedral: before and after the devastating fire video Notre Dame, part of a Unesco world heritage site on the banks of the River Seine, lost its gothic spire, roof and many precious artefacts in the fire. Paris prosecutors said in June that a cigarette or an electrical fault could have started the …

VoltServer adds a data layer to electricity distribution in a move that could help smart grid rollout

Stephen Eaves, the chief executive of a new startup that promises to overlay data on electricity distribution, has spent years developing data management technologies. Eaves’ first company, the eponymous Eaves Devices, focused on energy systems in aerospace and defense — they converted the military’s fleet of B2 bombers to use lithium ion batteries. The second company he was involved in was developing modular array devices to install in central offices and cell towers and conducted early work on electric vehicle development. His goal, Eaves says, was to “make electricity inherently safe.” VoltServer is the latest company from Eaves to pursue that goal. Eaves makes transmission safer by breaking electrical distribution into packets; those packets are sent down transmission lines to …

Dutch government slashes highway speed limit to tackle climate change

(CNN)Motorists in the Netherlands will soon have to slow down to do their bit to tackle climate change. The Dutch government has little room for maneuver. Last year, it was told by a court to take urgent measures to reduce emissions. The court also ordered the government to ensure that the country’s emissions in 2020 will be at least 25% lower than those in 1990. The court’s decision forced the government to put a number of large construction projects on hold. Writing on his official Facebook account Wednesday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the new speed limit was a “rotten measure,” but added it was necessary in order to protect jobs and builders. The Netherlands is particularly vulnerable to …

Exclusive: Trump DC hotel sales pitch boasts of millions to be made from foreign governments

Washington (CNN)In its effort to sell off the lease to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, the Trump Organization has put together a glossy investor brochure complete with pictures showcasing the hotel’s grandiose architecture, its central location and its spa’s Himalayan salt chamber. The investor pitch is an explicit acknowledgment of how important foreign business is to the 263-room luxury hotel in the Old Post Office building blocks from the White House. Though it includes specific numbers of how much money it turned away from foreign governments, the pitch does not include figures for how much the hotel has accepted, despite reports showing it has become a magnet for foreign officials. Nor does it provide actual or historical financial performance …

Loop Returns picks up $10 million in Series A led by FirstMark Capital

Loop Returns, the startup that helps brands handle returns from online purchases, has today announced the close of a $10 million Series A funding round led by FirstMark Capital. Lerer Hippeau and Ridge Ventures also participated in the round. Loop started when Jonathan Poma, a co-founder and COO and president, was working at an agency and consulting with a big Shopify brand on how to improve their system for returns and exchanges. After partnering with longtime friend Corbett Morgan, Loop Returns was born. Loop sits on top of Shopify to handle all of a brand’s returns. It first asks the customer if they’d like a different size in the item they bought, quickly managing an exchange. It then asks if …

The New Lady and the Tramp Is as Weird as It Is Adorable

It is by now a well-established fact that the effect of rendering real-life animals with CGI to make them look like they can talk and express human emotions is inarguably creepy. At best, it just doesnt look believable, and at worst, it is the stuff of nightmares, as evidenced by the online backlash to the terrifyingly photorealistic Pumbaa in this summers writing, Why would anyone want the character, human touch, and charm of 2D animation when you could look into a visually accurate warthogs black, dead eyes as it sings you a song telling you not to be worried.) Luckily, Disneys new live action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp, premiering on the Avengers: Endgame, Creed) and Justin Theroux (original …

Glasgow named cultural and creative ‘centre’ of UK

“Cultural vibrancy”, “creative economy”, and the ability to bring in creative talent and nourish cultural engagement were all taken into account. Edinburgh came first for cultural venues and facilities in the UK. Capital of culture The report said: “Glasgow was one of the first European capitals of culture, in 1990. Known as an industrial city, it has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance.” Glasgow boasts over 100 cultural organisations and is home to five of the six internationally renowned national performing arts companies in Scotland. According to the council, Glasgow’s museums have more visitors than in any UK city except from London. The city also counts eight Turner Prize winners who have been born …

Lady Trieu’s mysterious role (and costume) in ‘Watchmen’ episode 4

This post includes spoilers for Watchmen episode 4. Click here for last weeks recap. There arent really any superheroes in HBOsWatchmen. Both in terms of a moral definition of heroism, and in the literal sense that no one has superpowers. Costumes and masks are the only things that separate people like Sister Night from the civilian population, so when a supervillain turns up, it makes sense that her fashion choices also stand out. And supervillain probably is the best way to describe Lady Trieu (Hong Chau), who made a dramatic entrance in the first scenes of episode 4, with an offer that two average Oklahomans cant possibly refuse. Lady Trieu and Trieu Industries have cropped up in the background a …

Kansas City voters choose to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a historic street

(CNN)Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, decided to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a historic boulevard that was renamed in January to honor the civil rights leader. “We don’t mind doing something to honor Dr. King, but we don’t want you to take Paseo away from us to do it,” said former City Councilwoman Alissia Canady, who represented much of the area until her term ended in August. She helped organize the Save The Paseo group, which collected almost 3,000 signatures to get the name change on Tuesday’s ballot. Canady voted against the MLK name change in January, but it passed by an 8-4 vote. “That really infuriated the neighborhood because they felt it was a backdoor approach that …

German novelists on the fall of the Berlin wall: It was a source of energy we lived off for years

Five German novelists recall the heady days of 30 years ago, and assess their legacy Heike Geissler: For the first few years, I fell into every single consumer trap put in my way Heike Geissler was born in 1977 in Riesa in the former German Democratic Republic. She is the author of four novels, most recently Red Love: The Story of an East German Family, won the European Book prize. Germans like anniversaries; they give such a clear shape to history. At these times you can simplify complicated things a bit, smooth out the contradictions. The GDR, which repeatedly comes back to life on these dates, long ago became a kind of museum country. These days hardly anybody wants to …

Moon lander concept unveiled by Boeing as NASA eyes return to lunar surface

Following exploration of the lunar surface by astronauts, the crew lifts off from the moon inside the Ascent Element in this artist concept. The Descent Element remains on the moon having already performed its role of flying the crew from lunar orbit to the surface. (Credit: Boeing) NASA REVEALS ITS VISION FOR THE ARTEMIS MOON LANDER THAT WILL RETURN US ASTRONAUTS TO THE LUNAR SURFACE In July, NASA revealed details of its vision for the Artemis Moon Lander that will return U.S. astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024. Separately that month, the space agency posted a notice to the Federal Business Opportunities website that it was seeking “proposals from industry for the development of integrated human lunar landers and execution of crewed flight demonstrations to the lunar …

The houses hiding a city’s water secrets

These strange-looking stone structures have stood in the Comiston area of Edinburgh for more than 300 years. Built long before houses, garages, driveways and gardens, they are now integrated into the established residential landscape. But what were they for? The buildings covered vital spring water that bubbled up from the ground. Before this supply was used, Edinburgh residents could go many weeks without fresh drinking water. What was available wasn’t safe – the Nor’ Loch, which had flowed in the valley now occupied by Princes Street Gardens and the Waverley Station, carried typhoid and cholera. Image copyright Scottish Water Image caption Each pipe inside Comiston Spring House, which was the main building, had a lead animal on top to mark …

From 250 Acres to 400 sq ft: Elderly Couple Downsizes to Amazing Little Condo in Sydney

For this significant downsize, designer Nick Gurney worked closely with his clients to design a unique 38m2 small apartment in Sydney that favours accessibility, functionality and storage. A lengthy side by side hallway storage unit and kitchen joinery that extends to a 7m long credenza, expand the utility and storage of the space, whilst demarcated zones that can easily be transformed, ensure that each occupant has the opportunity for privacy and solitude. via Never Too Small on YouTube Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Labour pledges ‘zero carbon’ homes by 2022

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, on the campaign trail in Swindon on Saturday, said: “There is no greater issue facing this world than the environmental disaster waiting to happen and the climate change that is happening very obviously all around us.” Central heating boilers ‘threaten climate goals’ Big lifestyle changes ‘needed to cut emissions’ UK commits to ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 During a speech to supporters at Commonweal Sixth Form College, Mr Corbyn also responded to US President Donald Trump’s recent remark that he would be “so bad” as prime minister. Related Topics Housing John Healey Labour Party Climate change Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways