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Max Verstappen still unhappy about Red Bull's Monaco GP strategy

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen says he is “still not happy” about the strategy that cost him a potential third placed finish in the Monaco Grand Prix

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It’s Happening: Off-White’s Virgil Abloah Is Redesigning the Iconic IKEA Blue Tote

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Earlier this year, Balenciaga released a $2,145 version of the iconic IKEA Frakta tote — and the internet duly lost its mind. Now, the Swedish furniture conglomerate is embracing its couture destiny. Yes, that polypropylene giant you use to shop the store and schlep your clothes to and from the laundromat is getting a high-fashion redesign. No, Demna Gvasalia isn’t involved. Rather, Off-White founder and designer Virgil Abloh will do the honors.

Both brands took to Instagram to announce the unlikely partnership. “Some of you guessed it! @virgilabloh @off____white prototyping a fresh take on the FRAKTA bag in IKEA’s very own prototype shop in Älmhult,” began IKEA’s caption, followed by a quote from Abloh: “We’re in a moment where IKEA is transcending, and people are bringing this ‘do it yourself’ culture to the blue bag. What I’m most interested in is doing that process in partnership with the brand. It’s allowing me to put my opinion on a classic. It’s unique, and distinctly as much of Off-White as it’s IKEA.”

Off-White’s post showed the one-time architecture student constructing a (cardboard?) prototype.

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Happily, the buzzy partnership will go beyond bright blue bags. “We’re looking at that first phase of adult life, when you start making purchases for your space,” Abloh said in a statement. “Largely people grow up in their parents’ environment. They’ve never had to consider furniture. Then when they’re off on their own and have their own aesthetic, what are their first purchases? I’m interested in thinking about how those purchases are informed.”

“I love working with the best in class of any genre,” he added. “IKEA is a brand that spans generations – that stands for something. To give this collection a young approach and pay respect to that DNA is my goal.” (Here’s hoping he pays respect to the original pricing.)

Watch Abloh and Marcus Engman, IKEA’s head of design, speak more on the collaboration in the video below. (Abloh takes the stage around 12:50.)

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How Do Termites Find Wood If They Are Devoid Of All Senses?

How Do Termites Find Wood If They Are Devoid Of All Senses?Termite Control

Termites are not talked about too often during social get togethers, and that is because termites are a major downer. But there are some pretty odd things going on with termites. For example, termites cannot smell, taste or even see anything at all, they are completely blind. However, termites have shown themselves to be picky eaters, and some types of wood will be outright rejected by termites. So how can termites find and feed on wood if they cannot even see? A recent study has demonstrated that termites refer to vibrations in order to get an idea of what type of wood they are munching on.

According to Ra Inta, an entomologist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, if you put two different sized pieces of wood in front of a termite, that termite would be able to distinguish the larger piece from the smaller piece, but not without taking a small bite of each one first. When a termite takes a bite out of a piece of wood, subtle vibrations result. These vibrations tell the termite about the size of the piece of wood.

Termites pull tiny wooden fibers from wood, and once a termite bites off a small piece, a vibration is emitted throughout the entire structure. This vibration is felt by the termite and lets it know what it is eating. So of course the researchers quickly discovered that they could manipulate the termites taste in wood by altering vibrations.

The researchers recorded the vibrations that a termite made when it fed on a large piece of wood. The researchers then reproduced these same vibrations on a much smaller piece of wood, and the termites could not tell the difference. They still thought it was a large piece of wood. Researchers are still trying to figure out what makes these vibrations so telling to termites.

Under what sorts of circumstances or situations would it be advantageous to not possess the sense of sight?

 

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Video: Exploring the Ancient Irrigation Tunnels Beneath the Surface of Iran

This fascinating video comes our way courtesy of National Geographic. It takes us beneath the surface of Iran, where we discover an extensive network of ancient water tunnels designed to provide a method of irrigation to remote and desolate regions of the desert. Many of these tunnels are still in use today, continuing to provide water in places that would otherwise be completely dry. Amazing…

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Trump remained surprisingly quiet throughout Comey's blockbuster hearing

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As the ousted FBI director wrapped up his blockbuster testimony on Capitol Hill on Thursday, the characteristically outspoken president who fired him started speaking at a religious event a few miles away.

During his roughly 40-minute speech at the Faith and Freedom conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump didn’t mention James Comey.

Trump stayed on message and spoke of his administration’s accomplishments so far and highlighted goals for the future such as passing an infrastructure bill, cutting taxes, and repealing the Affordable Care Act. Trump’s speech fit into his administration’s planned “infrastructure week,” which was meant to showcase an important part of the president’s agenda amid Comey’s testimony.

Even before Trump took the stage at the conference, his Twitter account remained silent as Comey testified. (His son Donald Trump Jr., meanwhile, live-tweeted it.)

Politico had reported Wednesday that Trump’s advisers were keeping him busy Thursday morning to keep him from attacking Comey before his hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

At the hearing, Comey said the Trump administration tried to “defame” him and the FBI by spreading “lies” after the president fired him May 9. Most of the testimony centered on Comey’s interactions with Trump leading up to his abrupt firing.

A source close to Trump told Reuters on Thursday morning that the president disputed two key points Comey made in the prepared, written remarks Comey submitted for the record on Wednesday — that Trump asked him to “let go” of the FBI investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and that Trump asked for his loyalty.

Comey underlined these points as he answered senators’ questions in the nearly three-hour hearing Thursday, adding that he took meticulous notes after every interaction with Trump because Comey “was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of” their meeting.

In his speech at the conference, Trump did allude to attacks he believed he and his supporters were under.

“We’re under siege … but we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever,” Trump said. “We will not back down from doing what is right … We know how to fight, and we will never give up.”

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Lewis Hamilton pins Canadian GP hopes on 'unique' Mercedes parts

Lewis Hamilton is hopeful Mercedes will be able to attack Formula 1 title rival Ferrari in this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix thanks to some “unique” car updates

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Lewis Hamilton explains recent F1 struggles in Russia and Monaco

Lewis Hamilton says “small nuances” in car set-up are behind his struggles in the Monaco and Russian Grands Prix earlier in this Formula 1 season

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