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Citroen couldn't match other offers to secure Ogier for WRC 2018

Citroen says it could not match Sebastien Ogier’s other offers for the 2018 World Rally Championship season

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You Should Feel Lucky That You Don’t Eat Like Termites

You Should Feel Lucky That You Don’t Eat Like Termites

We all know that termites eat and digest wood and other forms of dead plant life that contain cellulose. For the vast majority of animals, humans included, cellulose cannot be broken down during digestion; instead, the cellulose will go right through us. This is why termites are able to perform a much needed service to the natural environment. After all, which other animal can clear millions of pieces of dead vegetation from perfectly arable land. Although termites often feed on timber-framed homes, we all know that a termite’s appetite is well satisfied with acres of dead plant life. However, most people are unfamiliar with the process of termite digestion. There are well over one thousand different species of termites on the planet, and many termites digest cellulose in the same way. If you have a weak stomach then some of the following information may gross you out.

Eating wood is not an easy task. It is the cellulose in wood that is particularly hard to digest, let alone chew. Cellulose is a polymer that gives plants their strong and firm cell walls. Termites are special insects in that they possess three different digestive symbionts that assist in the process of cellulose breakdown. These three symbionts include a bacteria, an archae-bacteria, and flagellate protozoans.

The mouthparts of a termite do very little chewing; instead a piece of wood will travel from the mouthparts to a gizzard-like feature that contains many teeth. This gizzard grinds wood with a collection of sharp internal teeth. From there the pulverized wood moves to the midgut where enzymes break down sugars for the termite’s absorption. Once the material reaches the hindgut the cellulose fibers are still mostly intact. The three symbionts within the hindgut break down the cellulose to provide nutrients for the termite and for themselves, as symbionts are also organisms that must feed.

Once the cellulose is discarded as waste, it still contains significant amounts of nutrients. This is why termites often feed on the digested material of other termites within their colony. Termite waste can pass through a single termite several times. Termites often don’t waste any time finding nutrients, as they often resort to  “proctodeal trophallaxis”, which you may or may not want to Google.

Have you ever heard of termites digesting cellulose in a manner that required the growth of fungus?

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Video: A Visit to Grand Teton National Park

For the mainstream traveler, Grand Teton National Park is an often overlooked gem. Many pass it by to travel to Yellowstone or Glacier instead. But for those in the know, Grand Teton is a wonderful landscape that is tough to top. Wild, rugged, and teeming with life, Grand Teton has the ability to surprise and delight. This video gives you a taste of what to expect there.

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A federal grand jury has charged the Manhattan truck attack suspect with terrorism and murder

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  • Sayfullo Saipov, the man accused of killing eight last month in a truck attack in New York City, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
  • He is charged with murder and attempted murder in the aid of racketeering activity, providing material support to ISIS, and violence and destruction of a motor vehicle.

A federal grand jury has indicted Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbeki national accused of killing eight and injuring 11 when he rammed a truck into cyclists and pedestrians in lower Manhattan last month.

Saipov faces 22 federal charges, including eight counts of murder in the aid of racketeering activity, 11 counts of attempted murder in the aid of racketeering activity, one count of providing material support and resources to the terrorist group ISIS, and one count of violence and destruction of motor vehicles.

“As alleged in this indictment, Sayfullo Saipov murdered eight innocent people and injured many more in a calculated act of terrorism in the heart of one of our great cities,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said a statement. “People have a right to safety walking down a sidewalk or riding a bike, and we will not change our resolve to confront these threats both at home and abroad.”

The deadly attack began in the afternoon of October 31, when prosecutors say Saipov drove a rented Home Depot pickup truck onto a busy Manhattan bike lane, veering into his victims and colliding with a school bus before jumping out and brandishing two guns that were later determined by police to be fake.

Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the attack. 



St. Charles County Department of Corrections/via REUTERSSaipov was arrested after being shot by a police officer shortly after the crash. He waived his Miranda rights verbally and spoke to law enforcement officials about the attack, according to a criminal complaint released earlier this month.

Saipov admitted to authorities that he wrote a note found near the crashed truck, which was written in Arabic and said the Islamic State would endure forever, according to the complaint.

He said he was was motivated to carry out the attack after watching a video featuring ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi asking what Muslims in the US were doing to respond to the killing of Muslims in Iraq.

Saipov also asked during his interview with authorities if he could display the ISIS flag in his hospital room after the attack. He told them that “he felt good about what he had done,” the complaint said.

Each of the counts Saipov faces carries a maximum sentence of the death penalty, although it’s unclear whether federal prosecutors will seek it.

President Donald Trump caused an small uproar shortly after the attack when he publicly called for capital punishment in Saipov’s case. Legal experts lamented that such a demand could taint a jury pool or otherwise undermine the work of both the prosecutors and Saipov’s defense team.

SEE ALSO: Trump’s death penalty tweets will likely throw a huge wrench in the NYC terror suspect’s case

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Alex Lynn joins Aston Martin's 2018 WEC line-up

Ex-Williams Formula 1 development driver Alex Lynn has joined Aston Martin Racing’s World Endurance Championship squad for next season

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Sauber set to reveal 2018 F1 driver line-up amid Alfa Romeo rumours

Sauber is poised to reveal its 2018 line-up at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as rumours swirl it could bring the Alfa Romeo name back to Formula 1 with Ferrari

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Motorsport Jobs: How useful is a mechanical engineering degree?

A degree in motorsport engineering can open many doors for a future career in the industry with teams all over the world looking for future talent

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The Runways Want You to Wear Anoraks as Shirts This Season

An elevated anorak look at Fenty x Puma Spring 2018.

An elevated anorak look at Fenty x Puma Spring 2018; Image: Imaxtree

A big cultural shift is afoot: Mother Nature has never behaved so erratically; work dominates Americans’ lives more than ever before. By necessity, utilitarianism is in. Thus, it’s no longer tough to find “elevated” rain gear.

Once upon a time, wearing an anorak on a non-rainy day sent a clear message: “I no longer care.” Nowadays, REI-inspired wardrobe accents are as much the mark of an It girl as, say, chunky-soled sneakers. (They’ve even got a name for the rain gear-slanted athleisure trend: gorpcore.)

Initially constructed in the 1940s as a means of keeping our troops dry, anoraks now come in the form of long-sleeve tees, short-sleeve sweatshirts and even figure-skimming mini dresses. (OK, so pseudo-utilitarianism is in.) Slowly but surely, lightweight waterproof material is taking over everything in the fashion industry. (See: the rise of the bungee accents trend.)

anorak trend at Valentino Spring 2018, Calvin Klein Spring 2018, A Détacher Spring 2018

Valentino Spring 2018, Calvin Klein Spring 2018, A Détacher Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Still, most times the anorak takes the form of a top. Like at A Détacher Spring 2018, where a sherbet-hued anorak came tucked in marbled caramel pants. Or Calvin Klein Spring 2018, where Raf Simons teamed a sleeveless red anorak with a French blue poodle skirt and marigold heels. (Two styling takeaways: wear all three primary colors at once; transform your hoodies into cowl necks by pulling their drawstrings tight.) While Raf took his styling cues from the 50s, Isabel Marant looked to the late 80s/early 90s, pairing a graphic, poof-sleeved windbreaker with matching (in pattern and aesthetic, not material) velour sweatpants.

Anoraks on the Spring 2018 runways. Mary Katrantzou Spring 2018, Isabel Marant Spring 2018, Bottega Veneta Spring 2018

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2018, Isabel Marant Spring 2018, Bottega Veneta Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Bottega Veneta, meanwhile, employed less “conventional” styling methods. In one case, an anorak doubled as a shirtdress, which came belted at the waist and glammed up with a neck scarf. Another model wore naught but an anorak and swimsuit, a play on the ever-popular no-pants look.

And that’s not all. Valentino showed more traditional windbreakers worn with point-toe stilettos and haute silk separates; Mary Katrantzou teamed bubble-sleeved nylon anoraks with bubble-hemmed nylon skirts. Representing the streetwear sect, Public School did an anorak onesie, Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma the aforementioned anorak minidress.

Needless to say, the versatile rain jackets are nothing if not, well, versatile. The overall consensus seems to be that they should be paired with ladylike heels (to add tension) and either structured pants or A-line skirts (to offset their boxiness).

With temperatures dipping daily, what better time to try out a look that’s not only fashion-forward but weatherproof? Shop our favorite anoraks au moment in the gallery below. Bonus points if you team your newly acquired plasticized topper with fun textural outerwear, like a teddy or embroidered wool coat.

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3D Comparison of the Sentricon System and Liquid Termite Treatments

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Video: Acadia National Park in the Fall

Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful wilderness regions in the eastern U.S., particularly in the fall when the leaves change to a dozen different shades of red, yellow, and orange. In this video, we travel to Acadia to get a sense of what makes it such a special place. From the beaches to the thick forest, to the tops of mountains, this is a journey through the park that will leave…

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