If you presently suffer from a mad case of wanderlust, you’re sure to appreciate this new motorhome unveiled by RV company Dethleffs. With a sleek design and head-to-toe solar panels, the vehicle was made for the open road. It’s especially perfect for those who seek to go off-grid for a while, as it runs without fuel or charging stations. Because the e.home is solar-powered and can store the sun’s energy in a battery pack, it allows campers to thrive in the wild without adversely impacting the environment.
New Atlas reports that the motorhome is built on Dethleffs Iveco Daily Electric chassis. The Iveco Daily is in turn powered by a variety of battery options. The largest battery gives the RV a range up to 174 miles on the European Cycle. With the camper’s extra weight, the e.home concept drops to just over 100 miles.
In reality, that short driving range doesn’t matter, as the e.home has 334 square feet of thin-film solar panels on its exterior. It can generate up to 3,000 watts of electricity to power the 228-Ah sodium-nickel-chloride battery. Though specific figures aren’t given, the company says the battery is good for approximately 1,500 charges — or about 250,000 km (155,350 miles).
Other applaudable features include a heating system that uses phase change materials to absorb heat when the outside temperature increases past 79 degrees F. Reportedly, the heat is released into the cabin when the temperature drops at night. To ensure RV owners stay warm, infrared heating panels have been installed in the floor, walls, and furniture.
Built-in driver assistance technologies include the CampConnect app and the Mobileye-based front vehicle monitoring system. The e.home also has two foil-based technologies: one is built into the window panes for darkening the windows for sleep or privacy, and a second in the lighting to create a mirrored surface when lights are turned off. A starlight system produces a starry sky on the ceiling above the alcove bed.
Apart from those technologies, the RV looks like a basic motorhome. A comfy sofa lounge/dining area that converts into a bed is included. There’s also a kitchen, toilet room, and flat panel TV.
While Dethleffs isn’t the first company to produce an electric motorhome, its vision is certainly compelling. Following are more photos of the innovative electric RV:

French street artist JR is but one of many who opposes the US-Mexico border wall and made his distaste for the division evident with a recent art installation. Along the latest piece of the border wall, JR and his team erected an enormous wood support for one of his signature posters, which features a young child peering over the wall. 
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 As MyModernMet reports, the project was a collaborative effort between JR and curator Pedro Alonzo (known to have worked with OS Gemeos, Shepherd Fairey, and Banksy). The human face seeks to evoke emotion in those who support the construction of a border wall between the neighboring countries. It also makes a statement about President Trump’s recent decision to rescind DACA, which protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children.
Regardless of the piece JR produces, it nearly always features faces. His work on the separation wall between Israel and Palestine, for instance, resulted in him posting Palestinian portraits on the Israeli side and Israeli portrait on the Palestinian side. By doing this, he proved people couldn’t distinguish one from the other.
In 2015, JR revealed what life was like for immigrants entering the United States in the 19th Century with the Ellis Island street art project. And in 2005, he gained international attention for his wheat pasted photos of rioters in the Les Bosquets suburb of Paris. The recurring theme in his work is to encourage people to view each other without prejudice — and that is applaudable.

With his latest project, JR proves he’s not averse to tackling tough topics. Perhaps by showing a curious child peeking into the United States, he hopes to start a dialogue about what it means to immigrate to a new country.
Said JR in an exclusive interview:“I think there is no such thing as art trying to change the world. But being an artist and creating art in tons of different contexts, no matter what the mood is and sometimes against the codes that stand around you, is a way of breaking society and changing the world—just by trying.”
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Curator Pedro Alonzo and JR will be holding an open discussion on the street artist’s latest work and how immigration plays a role in his work on September 7, 2017, at 8 pm at Los Angles at Blum & Poe.

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
What do you know today that you didn’t yesterday? Last Saturday? Last year?
Have you fallen into an intellectual rut?
Awaken Your Mind, And Reinvigorate Your Intellectual Curiosity. These Four Simple Habits Can Help Your Brain To Expand Beyond Your Wildest Expectations:
1. Intentional Learning
– Many of us would argue that we learn continuously. We read books. We stay up to date on politics. We travel to new places and do new things. It is wonderful to have a life that incorporates learning passively in the context of other activities – but when was the last time you went out of your way to try something new for the sake of increasing your knowledge base? When we learn as a result of more important ventures, we tend to stay within our comfort zone. We choose books that reinforce our current mindset. We travel to places we already know quite a bit about. We grow, but do we really change? Once a month, commit to doing an activity that is outside of your comfort zone. Do this with the sole intention of learning. Read a book by a politician you disagree with. Attend services at a church you don’t belong to. Take a class in a subject that would surprise your loved ones. You might just unlock a new and unexpected part of your mind this way.
2. Courageous Questioning
– Most of us neglect to question anything at all. We take the world as it is, and we accept people at their face value. We don’t dive any deeper, and we live complacently. We may never find out what exactly we’ve missed out on – and this is a tragedy. Start asking hard questions. Ask them of your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your political system. A difficult question does not need to be confrontational or offensive – it just has to challenge the mind. Ask your children what they’d change about the world, if they had the power to change one thing. Ask a local politician how a controversial bill might affect your own family. Ask your boss what their greatest regret – and greatest triumph – have been in their career. Then, truly listen to the answers. Form more questions. Dig even deeper. “It is not that I’m so smart,” claimed Albert Einstein, “but I stay with the questions much longer.”
3. Immersive Listening
– As Chuck Palahniuk stated, “People don’t listen, they just wait for their turn to talk.” While active listening is a great tactic for making conversation and ensuring that your partner feels heard, it still keeps the focus on you, yourself. Instead, try listening in a passive and immersive way. Lose yourself in their words. Don’t think critically. Don’t comment, relate your own experiences, or decide whether you agree or disagree. Just listen. Hear them out. Don’t react – internally or externally – until your partner is completely finished speaking. Apply this strategy to any monologue you care about – a political speech, a TED Talk, or even your child’s rambling account of their day at preschool. The more we absorb, the more we learn. The more we listen, the more open and powerful our minds can become.
4. Active Observation
– You may already see everything around you – but do you really notice it? Most of us observe our world in a passive way, taking note of only the things we think pertain to us directly. Spend ten minutes today observing your world with a critical eye, instead. Notice the small things. Analyze the everyday dynamics – global, interpersonal, societal – that normally pass you by. Think about them on a deeper level. Consider your own reactions and preconceptions. Why does the world work this way? Why do you see things the way that you do? What does it say about your character? We often look inward to increase our sense of self-awareness. This is a valuable practice, but it fails to account for the context of our environment. We don’t exist in a vacuum. This can result in missing pieces of our self-image. You’ll be surprised at what you can learn about your inner world when you make an effort to shift your focus outward.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever,” said Mahatma Gandhi.
Don’t limit yourself by fear or pure inertia. Grow your brain. Grow your sense of self. Be proud of the person you create.

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.
I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.
The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.
Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.
What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well,smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.
The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.
What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.
Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.
Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.
While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.
How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?
Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.
When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.
What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.
While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.
Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.
If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.
Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.
To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.
There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.
One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.
Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.
The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.
What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.
Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ. His private practice, Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ. Recently Dr. Lundell left surgery to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease. He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a focus on helping large corporations promote wellness. He is also the author of The Cure for Heart Disease and The Great Cholesterol Lie.

The official news release can be found at Prevent Disease and original publication of this article at My Science Academy.
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