Daily Archives: August 17, 2017

Rally Germany: Kopecky leads as Meeke crashes out on first stage

Jan Kopecky holds the early Rally Germany lead but the big story of Thursday evening’s Saarbrucken street stage was that Kris Meeke crashed out

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Red Bull boss Marko tips Sebastian Vettel to win 2017 F1 title

Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko has tipped his former driver Sebastian Vettel to come back even stronger after Formula 1’s summer break and win the drivers’ championship

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Bottas: Mercedes' season will be 'tricky' without high-speed gains

Mercedes faces a “tricky” second half of the 2017 Formula 1 season if it does not make improve its car in high downforce trim, reckons Valtteri Bottas

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How to Wear Polka Dots Without Looking Like a Life-Size Minnie Mouse

Polka dots in the fall and pre-fall collections.

Monse Pre-Fall 2017, Balenciaga Fall 2017, J.Crew Fall 2017; Images: Courtesy of Monse, Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images, Imaxtree

On October 1, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, known for her untiring obsession with “round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing” polka dots, will open a five-story museum dedicated to her work in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district. And if the Fall 2017 collections are any indication, around that time, fashion will imitate art.

The latest runways were loaded with polka dots. Designers from Simon Porte Jacquemus to Dries Van Noten played with scale and color, scattering a pattern once associated with cliché, all-too-wholesome midcentury femininity over compelling contemporary pieces. J.Crew freshened up a familiar idea — the white shirtdress — with a sheer dotted and frilled overlay. Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia put forth polka-dot versions of those influencer-beloved “Knife” stilettos along with a spotted tent-like gown and matching (in pattern and volume) tote.

For Pre-Fall 2017, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the duo behind Monse (and Oscar de la Renta), proved that, yes, you can wear the cheery pattern head to toe without looking like a life-size Minnie Mouse. The key is to avoid Mary Janes and A-line dresses and instead reach for deconstructed suiting dresses, oversized pajama blouses, flowy trousers and double-breasted blazers with vaguely 80s shoulders.

Polka dots on the Fall 2017 runways.

Dries Van Noten Fall 2017, Jacquemus Fall 2017, Giambattista Valli Fall 2017; Images: Imaxtree

Jacquemus was of a similar mindset, showing abstracted, frilly, puff-sleeve blouses in polka-dot print as well as a ruched, asymmetric-hem skirt he paired with cropped flares and a tube top. (For fall, we’d recommend swapping the low-coverage style for an off-the-shoulder top.)

Van Noten and Giambattista Valli offered up slightly less obvious polka-dot pieces. At the Belgian designer’s 100th show, Alek Wek walked the runway in a velvety Technicolor dress, white pumps and a chunky maroon choker. The bisected black-and-white dots that lined the midi’s lower half weren’t necessarily the focal point of her look. Valli, known for his edgy, ultra feminine pieces (hello, Rihanna), showed eye-catching ruffled blouses covered in cherries and teeny black dots and gauzy, spotted evening looks. While girly polka-dot ensembles can seem a bit twee, open-toe lace-up boots and unexpected materials kept the overall vibe modern, sophisticated and even sexy.

Off the runways, influencers have warmly embraced the cheery pattern that takes its name from the equally jovial Czech dance.

It’s not about the face it’s about the clothes..

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Atlanta-based blogger Reese Blutstein revved up a simple white tee/black paper-bag-waist trouser look with a polka-dotted red and navy duster. Those who are of two minds about the pattern (but love breaking in a new trend), take note: a mix of colors draws focus away from the dots.


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Refinery29 Fashion Market Editor Alyssa Coscarelli kept her polka-dot button-down (sourced from The Break Vintage) current with well-cut, frayed Levi’s, cap/square-toe slingbacks and a cutesy mini bag.

Thank you Milano what a treat!

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Claire Beermann (of C’est Clairette and Man Repeller) played with shapes. Beermann offset the sweetness of her sheer, ruffled blouse by layering it over a black turtleneck and under a gridded, well-tailored blazer. The final touch? Silver orb-accented earrings to match her spotted top.

Tamron Hall rocked a black-and-white polka-dot pantsuit by Monse. The never-not-chic TV personality paired the bold look with thick gold hoops and a simple white mani.

We’d sum up everyone’s styling tricks thusly:

1. Branch out from classic black-and-white dots.

2. Combine trends to anchor your polka-dotted look in the here and now. (Polka dot off-the-shoulder tops and wrap dresses are all the rage right now.)

3. Downplay the print with a simple white tee.

4. Have fun with geometry.

5. When wearing head-to-toe dots, play with proportions and keep the rest of your look clean.

Ready to shop the newest outgrowth of the greater redefining femininity trend? (Dot. Dot. Dot.) Shop our polka-dot picks in the gallery below.

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Researchers Discover A Way To Immobilize Insect For Improved Internal Viewing

Researchers Discover A Way To Immobilize Insect For Improved Internal Viewing

Have you ever had an X-ray or a CT-Scan? The doctors and technicians will always tell you to remain perfectly still, and there is a good reason for this. As many of you probably know already, moving around while a machine forms images of your internal body results in smeared and ultimately useless results. This poses a problem for entomologists who want to view the internal working of insects with computerized tomography (CT) scans. Of course, insects cannot stay still when demanded to by an entomologist. Therefore finding a way to make insects motionless is important in order to better understand insect anatomy and physiology. Only recently have scientists learned how to knock out bugs in order to keep them still. It turns out that high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) can act as a sort of anesthesia for insects.

In a recent study published in BMT Zoology researchers used the black and yellow striped Colorado potato beetles (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) as a test subject for the carbon dioxide induced paralysis. The researchers were pleased when, after just a few seconds, the insects were immobile, but still alive. As a result of this method, researchers were able to view the internal working of an insect with perfect clarity.

The beetles remained in a sleeping state between three to seven hours. This is enough time to gather the images necessary. Obviously, when carbon dioxide is released for a longer period of time, the beetles can stay motionless for a longer period as well. All of the beetles were easily woken up after the tests were finished, except for older males. The older males required longer coaxing to awaken from the sleep. Also, the carbon dioxide as well as the radiation exposure from the X-rays did not harm the beetles at all. This new method of insect-anesthesia will allow for an entirely new way to study insects.

Why would holding the insects in place with an object of some sort not work for X-rays and CT scans?

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Video: A Piuma – Crossing Corsica on Foot and By Paraglider

The island of Corsica is home to the GR20, which is considered one of the most famous and challenging hiking trails in all of Europe. In this video, we travel to that place to follow two adventures as they take on that trail for themselves. But rather than just walk it on foot as most other trekkers do, the decide to instead use paragliders to cover the distance. The result is one wild adventure…

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'I think he's a greedy little man': Prospective jurors revealed contempt for 'pharma bro' Martin Shkreli

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Martin Shkreli was found guilty on two counts of securities fraud earlier this month, but the process of selecting a jury for the case against the former pharmaceutical CEO and hedge fund founder appeared to be as lively as the trial itself.

Some of the 200 potential jurors apparently did not hold back their views toward Shkreli during court interviews held over the course of three days in June. Their court interviews were compiled by Harper’s Magazine ahead of its September issue.

“I’m aware of the defendant and I hate him,” Juror No. 1 said. “I think he’s a greedy little man.”

When asked by the court if the juror agreed that jurors were obligated to “decide the case based only on the evidence,” Juror No. 1 responded with: “I don’t know if I could. I wouldn’t want me on this jury.”

“He’s the most hated man in America,” Juror No. 47 said. “In my opinion, he equates with Bernie Madoff … My parents are in their eighties. They’re struggling to pay for their medication. My mother was telling me yesterday how my father’s cancer drug is $9,000 a month,” the person claimed.

The court, emphasizing that the case would have to be considered with “an open mind,” dismissed Juror No. 47, who said, “I would find that difficult.

“When I walked in here today I looked at him, and in my head, that’s a snake — not knowing who he was,” Juror No. 52 said. “I just walked in and looked right at him and that’s a snake.”

Benjamin Brafman, Shkreli’s attorney, quipped, “So much for the presumption of innocence.”

“From everything I’ve seen on the news, everything I’ve read, I believe the defendant is the face of corporate greed in America,” Juror No. 77 said.

“We would object,” Brafman responded.

“You’d have to convince me he was innocent rather than guilty,” Juror No. 77 continued.

“I heard he bought an album from the Wu-Tang Clan for a million dollars,” Juror No. 144 said, referring to an exclusive single-copy album the hip-hop group released. Shkreli paid $2 million for the record in 2016. 

“The question is, have you heard anything that would affect your ability to decide this case with an open mind,” said the court. “Can you do that?”

“I don’t think I can because he kind of looks like a dick,” Juror No. 144 responded.

Juror No. 59, after being called upon to address the court, came out of the gates storming: “Your Honor, totally he is guilty and in no way can I let him slide out of anything because —” Juror No. 59 began, before being cut off.

“Okay,” the court interjected. “Is that your attitude toward anyone charged with a crime who has not been proven guilty?”

“It’s my attitude toward his entire demeanor, what he has done to people,” Juror No. 59 responded.

“All right,” the court said. “We are going to excuse you, sir.”

But Juror No. 59 wasn’t done: “And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.”

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SEE ALSO: Investor says Martin Shkreli reminded him of ‘Rain Man’

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