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28 Mar 15:46

EGEB: Offshore wind’s $70 billion opportunity, Sri Lanka floating solar, and more

by Phil Dzikiy

In today’s EGEB:

  • The offshore wind industry may be looking at a $70 billion opportunity.
  • Sri Lanka approves 100 MW in floating solar projects.
  • BYD and Pireos Capital announce the deployment of 100MWh ESS in Mexico.
  • Toronto City Council could sue Big Oil for climate change costs.

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13 Feb 10:12

Research Team Close to Finding Antarctica’s Most Famous Shipwreck

by Nancy Bilyeau

It was one of the most harrowing news stories of its day. Endurance, a ship that was carefully built to withstand rigorous polar conditions, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, a celebrated explorer in the golden age of modern discovery, became hopelessly trapped in ice and finally sank, stranding its crew on ice floes and lifeboats for a number of torturous months.

The expedition, which set off from Buenos Aires in October 1914 on its way to Antarctica, captured the attention of the British public, even as the first world war ignited.

Ernest Shackleton before 1909.

Although Shackleton’s team did not fulfill its goal in Antarctica, the men’s survival was a testament to resilience, ingenuity, and leadership.

Now a new expedition is underway, more than a century later — and in another feat of exploration, is successfully closing in on the Antarctica wreck of Endurance, one of the most intriguing lost ships in history.

The group’s work pushes on through the harshest climate on the planet Earth. While the vista can be strikingly beautiful, it is also intimidating. An iceberg the size of Delaware recently separated from the continent. Antarctica is the only continent on Earth without an indigenous human population.

“Because the wreck site of the Endurance, under sea ice in the Weddell Sea, is such a difficult place to access, no survey has ever been done before,” Julian Dowdeswell, director of the university’s Scott Polar Research Institute and the leader of the planned expedition, told NBC News last year.

The Endurance stuck in Antarctic ice.

Antarctica is not only frigid cold — the high temperature at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on February 12, 2019, was -16 Fahrenheit — but windy, in parts mountainous, and quite vast. Antarctica is roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined and is almost completely covered by a layer of ice that averages more than one mile in thickness.

Since this is actually summertime at the South Pole, the expedition to discover Endeavour set out in January. News has been released that the Weddell Sea Expedition icebreaker, S.A. Agulhas II, broke through heavy pack ice to reach Endurance’s last recorded position on February 10, 2019.

‘Endurance’ final sinking in Antarctica

“We are the first people here since Shackleton and his men!” said Exploration Director and Expedition Archaeologist Mensun Bound, according to a tweet sent by the team.

Researchers will use Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to locate the remains of Endurance, which was crushed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea and sank in November 1915.

Showing part of the ‘Endurance’, 1915

Using robotic submersibles, the researchers will reportedly search the ocean floor 9,000 feet below. The expedition is not expected to retrieve artifacts from the wreck but map the area for some 45 hours, take photos, and create a 3D model of the site.

Endurance did not sink quickly.

On its way to conveying the men to the point where they would disembark and cross the continent, Endurance became trapped in an ice floe on January 24, 1915. No human efforts could free the ship, and so, incredibly, the crew spent the next ten months on the boat, hoping the following “summer” would melt the ice enough for it to be freed.

The ‘Endurance’ at full sail

But the coming of spring wrought not deliverance but havoc, as the mounting pressure in the ice cracked the hull of the boat. With water coming in, in late November, Endurance had to be abandoned. The masts collapsed, the hull crumbled, and the men watched helplessly from the ice as their boat sank.

Shackleton’s crew had no choice but to drag lifeboats across the ice floe, struggling to reach the open water but all the time aware that the ice below them could crack and they wouldn’t have time to jump into the lifeboats.

Moreover, the 28 members of the crew must have been all too aware of the previous lives lost in the human quest to master Antarctica.

Shackleton looking overboard at Endurance being crushed by the ice

In 1895 the Geographic Congress declared that Antarctica was the last great frontier for exploration. The goal to “discover” the South Pole soon became a matter of national pride. In 1911 teams from five nations were making preparations and racing to be first: Australia, Japan, England, Germany, and Norway.

It was the Norwegian team, led by Roald Amundsen, that first reached the southernmost point of the planet, through use of sled dogs, skis, and meticulous planning. News of his achievement was broadcast on March 7, 1912, on Amundsen’s return to Hobart, Australia.

Roald Amundsen

The English team, led by Robert Falcon Scott, were en route, and had no idea that Amundsen had already won the honor as they made the grueling journey across the vast expanse of Antarctica. When they reached their goal, they were devastated to find Norway had claimed it.

On the return trip, Scott’s entire team of five men perished. Their deaths followed great suffering, particularly from frostbite. One of the men, realizing that he could no longer walk, decided to sacrifice himself so that the others could continue. He said to them, “I am just going outside and may be some time,” and then stumbled outside the tent, never to return. But his suicide did not save the lives of the others, who were weakened as well.

Their bodies, and their journals and belongings, were found about eight months later.

Amundsen in clothing used by the Inuits

Sir Ernest Shackleton, an Irish polar explorer, had joined forces with Scott on earlier expeditions (they were in fact rivals), and he knew the cruel risks of such undertakings.

Nonetheless, Shackleton decided to try to traverse the entire continent with a group and placed the following advertisement: “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott, and Edward Wilson before their march south during the Discovery Expedition, on  Nov 2,  1902

Even with such fair warning, the ordeal of Endurance‘s crew is considered extreme in the annals of exploration.

After abandoning Endurance, the crew’s struggle across the frozen floes on foot and by lifeboats would take three months. They managed to reach Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean, 152 miles from Antarctica and covered in ice, mountainous, and uninhabited.

Launch of the James Caird from the shore of Elephant Island

Shackleton and a smaller group pushed on in a single lifeboat to reach an island they knew to be inhabited by whalers, South Georgia, hundreds of miles away. They needed to use the sun to navigate, but the sun rarely emerged as the open boat was drenched in high waves for more more than two weeks.

Once they reached South Georgia, the group still needed to rescue the the men left behind. It took three months to reach the rest of the crew on Elephant Island. They were near death from starvation but all alive when rescued in August 1916.

Map of the sea routes of Endurance

Shackleton and his crew were hailed as heroes on their return to England and some were given medals. They returned to a world plunged deep into war, and in fact one of the men of Endurance reported to the front to serve as a soldier, and was killed.

Incredibly, Shackleton recruited men for another expedition after World War I ended as he’d reportedly grown tired of the lecture circuit.

Read another story from us: Unbelievable Endurance – The Crew that Survived an Antarctic Shipwreck

Poised to explore Antarctica one more time, Sir Ernest Shackleton died of a massive heart attack on South Georgia Island on January 5, 1922. He was 47 years old.


Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com

15 Sep 09:08

Burberry krijgt eigen muziekkanaal in Apple Music

by Benjamin Kuijten

BurberryDat Apple de laatste tijd steeds meer als modemerk gezien wordt is niet zo vreemd. Na de focus op stijl met de Apple Watch Edition en de nieuwe aangekondigde Hermès-bandjes, is Apple nu een samenwerking aangegaan met modemerk Burberry. Burberry heeft vanaf nu een eigen pagina in Apple Music waar je onder andere nieuwe Britse artiesten kunt ontdekken en het merk kan volgen via Connect.
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28 Dec 08:01

Spirituele Alzheimer

by Bas Heijne

Verzoening, tederheid, vrijheid, verantwoordelijkheid, gemeenschapszin, begrip voor de ander – ik zeg ja! Mooie woorden horen bij de Kerst, net als het fossiele Home Alone, de sleetse André Rieu en de overdaad aan interviews waarin wordt teruggekeken op groot verdriet („Ik liep de helft van de week te janken”). Gerieflijk omdat het zo voorspelbaar is, een koesterende oproep aan je betere ik, dat diep in jezelf begraven ligt, maar in de laatste dagen van het jaar plotseling ruim baan krijgt. Driehonderd dagen per jaar gaat het over jezelf, de laatste dagen van het jaar zijn voor de Ander.

Juist daarom was de jaarlijkse „kerstgroet” van de paus aan de Romeinse curie een vlammende verrassing: een verzengende aanklacht tegen de al te wereldse, al te menselijke aanvechtingen van de kardinalen die in het Vaticaan de dienst uitmaken. Zonder pardon somde Franciscus de zonden van zijn gehoor op, in vijftien schrijnende punten – men voelde zich onsterfelijk, immuun of onvervangbaar, men werkte excessief hard, raakte geestelijk „versteend”, plande te veel, werkte slecht samen, zag de ander vooral als rivaal, er werd teveel gekletst en geroddeld, men keek te slaafs op naar meerderen, te weinig om naar anderen, men liep rond met een begrafenisgezicht, bewoog zich het liefst in een klein, besloten kringetje, wilde van alles steeds maar meer, en er heerste een grote hang naar winst en exhibitionisme.

En dan was er nog de spirituele Alzheimer – ik neem aan dat de Paus het niet bedoelde als belediging van Alzheimerpatiënten, maar als een diep tragische toestand: je belijdt nog altijd met de mond je geloof, maar je weet allang niet meer waarom.

Op de toespraak, las ik, volgde slechts een bescheiden applaus. Het hoeft niet te betekenen dat men zich niet aangesproken voelde – het staat wat raar om te juichen voor iemand die je net je tekortkomingen onder je neus heeft gewreven. Maar wellicht speelt Franciscus met vuur. De laatste paus die in het Vaticaan de dingen bij de naam wilde noemen, Johannes Paulus I, werd na amper een maand in functie dood in zijn bed aangetroffen. Onderzoek wees uit de man waarschijnlijk niet vermoord was, maar wel het doelwit vormde van een ongegeneerde haatcampagne.

Een historische toespraak, vond ik, niet omdat het verdorven Vaticaan door de eigen geestelijk leider op z’n nummer werd gezet, maar omdat het om een echt morele oproep ging – niet de zoveelste humanistisch-christelijke riedel over de ander diep in de ogen kijken, de pijn van de wereld willen verzachten en verder natuurlijk vrede, liefde en de verbroedering der mensheid, maar een even pijnlijk als herkenbare schets van de verre van ideale werkelijkheid. Herkenbaar, want er zijn niet veel bedrijven, politieke partijen, organisaties en instituties waar het anders toegaat. Wat voor de curie geldt, gaat ook op voor de gemiddelde kantoortuin. Slangenkuil, zonnekoning, eilandjescultuur, haantjesgedrag, een klimaat van wantrouwen – ieder rapport over een verziekte organisatie komt op hetzelfde neer.

Volgens de Amerikaans-Duitse filosofe Susan Neiman in Waarom zou je volwassen worden? beweegt iedere vorm van idealisme zich altijd tussen de wereld zoals zij is en de wereld zoals zij zou moeten zijn. Het goed voorhebben met de mensheid is geen excuus om jezelf goed te voelen, alsof je een soort wandelende kersttoespraak bent in een wereld vol ellende. Integendeel, het betekent voortdurend laveren tussen twee afgronden. De idealist moet met teleurstelling leren omgaan, iedere verbetering zal mondjesmaat zijn en gepaard gaan met desillusies. Dat is veel moeilijker dan het lijkt – geen grotere nihilist dan de teleurgestelde idealist. Idealisme zonder werkelijkheidszin is óf zelfgenoegzaam óf ronduit gevaarlijk.

Aan de andere kant wordt werkelijkheidszin zonder idealisme snel cynisme – je schouders ophalen over de wereld, dat is waar Neiman zich het meest druk over maakt en wat voor mijzelf een gevaarlijke verleiding is. Dat de mens altijd de mens zal blijven – zie de vijftien dodelijke punten van de paus – betekent niet dat hij niet kan leren zich een beetje te gedragen.

Volgens Neiman, zelf Joods, is de paus een held. Vind ik ook, maar geen gezapig christelijke, gerieflijk humanistische held voor de feestdagen. „Een curie die niet kritisch naar zichzelf kijkt en niet wil verbeteren, is ziek”, aldus Franciscus. Woorden zijn pas echt mooi als ze ook pijn doen.


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26 Nov 10:06

Turkey Pardoning

Turkey Pardoning
John Oliver digs into the bizarre American tradition of pardoning turkeys....

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22 Oct 06:44

Thoughts on Yosemite’s Look and Feel

by Khoi
Vincent Jacobs

My thoughts exactly!

OS X Yosemite Over the weekend I installed OS X Yosemite on my MacBook Air. Its new interface, partially inspired by the dramatic aesthetic shift that its sibling made with iOS 7, will take some getting used to for me. Here are some thoughts. Yosemite’s ambitions are evident: it aims to be a much more elegant, more sophisticated,…

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27 Aug 16:17

Sanae Orchi vertrekt bij AT5

by info@at5.nl (AT5 redactie)

Presentatrice Sanae Orchi gaat AT5 verlaten.

19 May 15:11

The best commencement speeches ever

by Jason Kottke

From NPR, a searchable sortable archive of the best commencement speeches, from 1774 to the present. What a resource. Two of my favorites, by David Foster Wallace and Steve Jobs, are represented.

Each speech is tagged by "theme or take-home message", basically a taxonomy of commencement speech messaging. The most popular themes are:

12. Be kind
11. Yolo
10. Make art
9. Balance
8. Dream
7. Remember history
6. Embrace failure
5. Work hard
4. Don't give up
3. Inner voice
2. Tips
1. Change the world

Trite stuff perhaps, but delivered in the right way and by the right person, it makes people wanna run through walls. Let's go! (via @tcarmody)

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30 Jan 06:42

→ How I Lost My Twitter Username

Yet another reason not to use GoDaddy.

Stories like this are why I’m so hard on apps that ask for your email credentials. If someone has access to your email account, they can get access to everything else you do online pretty quickly by password resets. (In related news, I’ve enabled two-factor authentication on a lot of accounts recently, and I suggest you do the same.)

The problem, as always, is people. These hacking stories increasingly include fake calls to big web services’ support lines, begging the human agents for password resets. It doesn’t matter how many non-repeated letters, non-consecutive numbers, and unique symbols are in a password that’s new every 6 months and not similar to the previous 10 passwords if attackers have no need to crack it.

Services have always needed to allow such requests because people really are legitimately that forgetful, and their online lives really are that turbulent. People forget their website passwords and lose access to their email accounts all the time.1

Smart services are closing these doors, but it’s not easy. If there’s any way for a human to override the security mechanisms if someone on the phone is crying and sounds legitimate, attackers can get in. And if there’s not, you’re going to have a lot of legitimate customers locked out and crying.


  1. It’s not a safe assumption that people will always have access to the email account they signed up with. Often, people use school or workplace accounts that get deleted or redirected out of their control when they graduate, leave, or get fired.

    And this is assuming that they typed their own email address correctly into your registration form in the first place. 

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15 May 12:42

Daughter in november naar Paradiso en Doornroosje

by Joris

Dat het Britse Daughter inmiddels perfect in staat is het eigen dynamische en glasheldere geluid live goed over te brengen, werd op Motel Mozaïque nog eens duidelijk. De band is op het podium inmiddels uitgegroeid tot een kwartet, in augustus op de festivals Lowlands en Noorderzon in Groningen te zien. Waarna er in november weer tijd is voor twee clubshows: op maandag 4 november in Doornroosje, Nijmegen en op maandag 18 november in Paradiso te Amsterdam.

Goede kans dat het indrukwekkende debuutalbum If You Leave in die koudere herfstmaanden weer vaker uit de kast zal komen. En misschien komt die cover van Daft Punk's Get Lucky rond die tijd ook nog wel voorbij. Tickets voor Nijmegen kosten 16 euro en zijn al te bestellen. De voorverkoop voor Paradiso begint op vrijdag 17 mei; kaarten kosten hier 17,50 euro exclusief lidmaatschap.

Kijk hieronder naar een 26 minuten durende sessie die Daughter speelde voor radiostation KEXP in Seattle.