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Bike Shorts Are the Next Big Thing in Athleisure (At Least According to Karl Lagerfeld and Kim Kardashian)
A wise creative director by the name of Karl Lagerfeld once said, “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” Of course, this was before the athleisure trend rocked even the haute fashion world. We assume Lagerfeld, being the sartorially steadfast man that he is, was on the “leggings are not real pants” side of the whole “is Lycra gym wear and gym wear alone or are these casual, figure-hugging styles viable in the streets?” debate. Turns out, we were wrong to assume. At Chanel’s recent Havana-based catwalk, the designer showed possibly the most elevated take on bicycle shorts we’ve ever seen. A month later, Kim Kardashian paraded around Venice Beach in her own performance-minded knee-length workout gear and a trend was born.
While some of us have been using bicycle shorts as armor against errant gusts of wind and as makeshift Spanx for quite some time, we’re more than ready to cast aside our frocks and skirts and embrace the next step in our relationship with sportswear. After all, these bodycon bottoms are designed to lift and hold you firmly in all the right places and with summer’s heat waves in full swing, the less layering we’re obliged to do, the better. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let us lay down a few styling rules.
First, when it comes to bike shorts, the longer (and higher) the better, unless you’re channeling your inner Rihanna with an ultra oversized vintage tee, barely-there bottom and tennis sneaker look. Second, heels are bike shorts’ best friends. Accentuate your calves, thighs and behind all at once by pairing your erstwhile workout gear with a towering mule or strappy sandal. Third, play with color and accents up top — a simple, clinging silhouette begs for added interest in other departments.
While Lagerfeld’s ultra chic shorts are still in production, we’ve rounded up many a strong substitute to tide you over in the meantime (or forever because we can only imagine what price Chanel workout shorts will demand). Get your gear below.
Dosimeters are devices that experts use to detect radiation level in the environment. However, when trying to determine how much radiation exists on particular objects after radiation is released in the environment, scientists find that dosimeters are often insufficient to give them accurate reads. It turns out that the wings belonging to dragonflies can tell scientists a lot about radiation levels that exist in the environment.
When dragonflies are exposed to radiation in the environment the radiation causes atoms located on the dragonflies wings to lose an electron. This process can result in creating entirely new molecules on the dragonflies wings. These new molecules move around on the dragonflies wing in order to recombine. The recombination of molecules results in a flash of light that the scientists observe and count in order to determine radiation levels in the environment with accuracy.
This method of measuring radiation levels is met with some controversy in the scientific community. Despite some drawbacks to using dragonfly wings to measure radiation levels, scientists are already trying to find other animals that can help determine levels of radiation in the environment.
The sun can cause the lost electrons from the chemical composition of a dragonflies wing to recombine with other components on a dragonflies wing. Could the sun’s interference with the chemical recombination skew the results that the scientists are hoping for?
We’ll wrap up the week with an all-too-brief visit to the Scottish Highlands. This video was shot on 1300 mile long trip around Scotland that began in Glasgow, ran to the Isle of Skye and back again. Stops along the way included Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and Glencoe, with the results being nothing short of spectacular. This is a beautiful and enchanting part of the world, and a place that…
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In the ’70s and ’80s, Rafael Caro Quintero was one member of a triumvirate that built a sprawling drug empire in Mexico.
In a wide-ranging interview with Mexican magazine Proceso last week, Caro Quintero — who is still wanted by both the US and Mexican governments — rejected reports that he was up to his old tricks, even denying that he was ever a major trafficker, and disputed rumors that he had gone to war with his old cartel associates.
“I know nothing of cocaine. I made my roots in marijuana, nothing more,” Caro Quintero said during the interview. “I sold it here, among the ranches … I never trafficked [drugs] to the United States,” he added.
Caro Quintero’s decades-long reign came to an end in 1985, when he was jailed for 40 years for his involvement in the kidnapping and killing of US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Caro Quintero was suddenly released in 2013, after a court overturned his conviction on a technicality. A higher court quickly reversed that decision, and new warrants for his arrest were issued, but he had already slipped away and has lived in hiding until recent weeks, when rumors emerged that he was taking on his old compatriots in an effort to reestablish himself in Mexico’s narco scene.
Caro Quintero claimed in the Proceso interview that he exited the drug business in 1984 and has not returned since.
“I was a drug trafficker 31 years ago, and from that moment I am telling you that when I lost the crops from” the Buffalo Ranch in Chihuahua state, where Mexican authorities, tipped off by Camarena, destroyed a multibillion-dollar haul of thousands of pounds of marijuana in 1984, “there I ended that activity,” Caro Quintero told Proceso.
“And never have I exercised it [since] and I’m not going to do it. I stopped being a drug trafficker and I say to you again: Please, leave me in peace.”
There are good reasons to doubt Caro Quintero’s protestations about his role in the drug trade.
Working in the drug trade since his youth, Caro Quintero likely doesn’t know any other way of life. What’s more, since both the US and Mexican governments are looking for him, there’s probably little to dissuade him from further criminal activity.
“What does he then lose moving some kilos here or there?” Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope asked in his column in Mexican newspaper El Universal this week.
Caro Quintero may also have a more urgent reason to pick up his old trade. During the interview, he admitted he was “doing bad economically.”
Mike Vigil, a former chief of international operations for the DEA who worked in Mexico, told Business Insider that the kingpin was likely destitute, and “not going to settle for living in a shack in the mountains.”
“My respect to both families”
Caro Quintero has maintained that he is staying out of Mexico’s cartel battles.
He has rejected reports that he turned on his former associates in the Sinaloa cartel and joined with the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO), a former branch of the Sinaloa Cartel that has since become a rival.
In the interview with Proceso, Caro Quintero said that he had met with Sinaloa cartel leaders “El Chapo” Guzmán and “El Mayo” Zambada after his release in 2013, greeting them on cordial terms, but saying he had no interest in the drug trade.
“In the first place I have no problems with any cartel. I don’t know the Beltran Leyva family and I have no problem with them. Nor with the Guzmán family, my respects to both families,” Caro Quintero said. He stated further that he had no interest in a “war” with other cartels.
“Imagine, with almost 29 years that I was jailed, I would want more problems?”
On this point, Caro Quintero may be closer to the truth.
Vigil told Business Insider that Caro Quintero likely had much more modest ambitions than taking on the whole of the Sinaloa network. “He doesn’t have the power to take over any of, like, the Sinaloa cartel. He just doesn’t have the muscles,” Vigil said.
“I think he’s just trying to get back into the business and carve out a small piece of geography … with a good, solid pipeline into the United States.”
Reports from Mexico’s Center for Investigation and National Security indicate Caro Quintero remained involved with the Sinaloa cartel while jailed, suggesting he could be working within the cartel now, rather than against it.
The fact that Caro Quintero was willing to come out of the shadows to contest these rumors in an interview — a very risky proposition for a fugitive — is telling, Hope wrote in his column.
Running the risks of going public with his denial might be an effort to convince the criminal underworld of his sincerity and to avoid conflict with the cartels.
As Hope has noted, it’s one thing to clash with the Mexican government, but quite another to take on both the government and the Sinaloa cartel.
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