Daily Archives: August 16, 2017

Ex-F1 racer Will Stevens returns to WRT Audi Blancpain sprint squad

Ex-Formula 1 driver Will Stevens will return to the WRT Audi team for the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup round at the Hungaroring later this month

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JHR drivers find alternative Ginetta drives after team's suspension

Five of the eight JHR Developments Ginetta drivers, including Junior points leader Seb Priaulx, have already secured seats with alternative teams for the rest of 2017 following the team’s suspension

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The Nurburgring Nordschleife: A beginner's guide

Welcome to the Nurburgring. The fabled track where cars become legends, the brave become heroes and the stupid become a crash statistic

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Are We Finally Ready for Gender-Neutral Fashion?

Male model and female model wear the same suit at Wolk Morais Fall 2017 runway.

Wolk Morais Fall 2017; Images: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Wolk Morais

On its August cover, Vogue featured It couple Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik. The mag is clearly a fan of the superstars as both have been featured in its pages before. But this go-round, Vogue kind of stepped in it by calling the pair “gender-fluid” since neither identify as such. What the mag meant to showcase was the fact that the couple shares clothes and shops each other’s closet.

This wardrobe sharing is actually nothing new. The French, as in most cases, did it first. Vogue contributor Marina Khorosh experienced it firsthand. While in grad school in Paris, Marina’s new boyfriend spent the night at her place and needed to find something fresh to wear the next morning.

“With the day’s first lecture only 40 minutes away, he walked over to my tiny closet, evaluated its components, and asked me if he could borrow something to wear. Barely waiting for my stupefied nod of consent, he reached for my beloved oversize black Helmut Lang blazer, paired it with his own T-shirt and slim-cut jeans from the night before, and pronounced himself ready to roll.”

His and hers fashion at Calvin Klein Fall 2017.

Calvin Klein Fall 2017; Images: Imaxtree

As crazy as it may seem that your boyfriend would want to raid your closet, girlfriends have been pilfering their boyfriends’ stash for years now. Gigi’s BFF Kendall Jenner is a real pro at borrowing from the boys (even though she technically doesn’t have a SO right now). She’s been captured sporting a tie-dye Balenciaga Homme sweatshirt with a miniskirt and layering a jacket from ASOS’ men’s department during New York Fashion Week. Kendall even divulged on her app that she’s gotten into the habit of shopping in the men’s sections. Oh, and that ruffled dress Beyoncé rocked in that Instagram post cradling her twins? Yup, you guessed it, it’s from a menswear line (Palomo Spain, to be exact).

Rachel Comey unisex looks for Spring 2017.

Rachel Comey Spring 2017; Images: Imaxtree

Designers have been promoting androgyny on the runway for some time now. Rachel Comey had male models outfitted in unisex looks as part of her Spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection. Raf Simons had us seeing double during his Calvin Klein Fall 2017 presentation as he sent out almost mirror looks on the girls and guys. And Wolk Morais had male and female models wear the same exact suit (minus an extra button or two) down the runway at its Fall 2017 show.

There are even whole labels committed to gender-neutral dressing. Fast fashion leader H&M has a section on its website dedicated to it. Denim label AGOLDE recently debuted its latest collection with A$AP Ferg that featured only gender-neutral fashion. Zara launched its first genderless clothing line in March. And Alexander Wang’s latest athleisure collaboration with Adidas features all unisex styles.

If you and your SO are ready to jump on the clothes-swapping bandwagon, check out the slideshow below for 21 gender-neutral fashion picks that make sharing a cinch.

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Wasps Create Their Own Paper In Order To Build Nests

Wasps Create Their Own Paper In Order To Build Nests

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There are a variety of different types of wasps in America. For example, yellowjackets, paper wasps and bald-faced hornets. Each one of these wasps show similarities and differences in how they construct their nests. All wasps build their nests in the same way, but that does not mean that they end up looking the same in the end. Queen, and worker wasps use a sort of paper during nest construction. This paper is the most abundant material used in nest building. In fact, wasps have been able to produce paper longer than we humans have. You can find wasp nests in a variety of locations, but when you do, turn around, and walk the other way, as these flying insects tend to be more protective of their nests than some other insects.

We all know that wood can be turned into paper. Humans have been processing paper from trees for quite some time. But how do wasps create paper from wood? Any type of wood can be converted into paper by wasps. Cardboard can even be used by wasps to create paper.

After a queen wasp uses her jaws to break-off wood fibers, the queen then uses her saliva, and a bit of water, in order to weaken the hard wood fibers. This mixture becomes soft pulpy cellulose in the queen’s mouth. The queen then finds some void where it wants the nest to be located. This is when the mouthful of cellulose and saliva are spit out. This solution then hardens, forming the wasp nest.

The queen forms hexagonal shapes within the nest in order to shelter wasp offspring. As the colony grows, worker wasps take over construction of the nest; building additions for new offspring. During the winter, wasps die, except for the hibernating queen. Upon awakening during the early spring, The queen repeats this process.

Have you ever spotted a wasp nest, but did not recognize it at the time? Was it an active nest?

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Video: Wonderful Tanzania

This video is a colorful and memorizing love letter to one of my favorite places – Tanzania. It celebrates the landscapes, wildlife, and people that make it such an amazing place to visit. For those of us who have already been there, it will be a striking reminder of why we went in the first place, possibly inspiring us to return. For those viewers who have not yet gone, you’ll understand why it…

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Uber agrees to outside audits of its privacy program for the next 20 years to settle FTC charges it 'deceived customers'

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Uber has reached a settlement with the U.S. government following charges it “deceived customers” by not properly protecting their private information. One of the results of Uber’s settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is that Uber has agreed to third-party audits of its privacy program for the next 20 years. 

The FTC’s complaint alleged that the ride hailing service “rarely monitored internal access to personal information about users and drivers,” despite claims to the contrary. This genesis of this complaint dates back to 2014, when an Uber manager was revealed to have used the “god view” tool to track a reporter’s location

In addition, the FTC alleged that Uber was at fault for the May 2014 data breach that saw an intruder gain access to to more than 100,000 names and driver’s license numbers stored on a third-party cloud provider operated by Amazon. The FTC’s complaint said the San Francisco-based company “did not take reasonable, low-cost measures that could have helped the company prevent the breach.” 

In a statement, FTC acting chairman Maureen K. Olhausen said that Uber had failed its customers in two ways. 

“First by misrepresenting the extent to which it monitored its employees’ access to personal information about users and drivers, and second by misrepresenting that it took reasonable steps to secure that data,” she said. “This case shows that, even if you’re a fast growing company, you can’t leave consumers behind: you must honor your privacy and security promises.”

Under the agreement, Uber will be “prohibited from misrepresenting how it monitors internal access to consumers’ personal information” and “prohibited from misrepresenting how it protects and secures that data.” In addition, the company will have to implement a new, comprehensive privacy program that directly addresses the risks related to new and existing products. 

If Uber violates the agreement it will be hit with steep financial penalties.  

Read the FTC’s full press release here. 

 

SEE ALSO: Benchmark, in open letter to all employees, says it’s suing Uber’s ex-CEO because of ‘behavior that was utterly unacceptable’

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