Daily Archives: August 29, 2017

Red Bull junior Dan Ticktum to complete 2017 GP3 season with DAMS

Red Bull junior and Formula Renault Eurocup race winner Daniel Ticktum will compete in the final three rounds of the 2017 GP3 season for the DAMS squad

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Mercedes wants to retain its drivers after DTM exit

Mercedes will try to keep its line-up of DTM drivers within its stable after it quits the tin-top series

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Renault not ready to sign Fernando Alonso for 2018 F1 season

The Renault Formula 1 team would not be ready to meet Fernando Alonso’s expectations in 2018 so is not a viable destination for him, says managing director Cyril Abiteboul

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Dior’s Charitable #DiorLoveChain Campaign Is Essentially a Waste-Free Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s an Ice Bucket Challenge that’s not goofy, doesn’t leave you dripping and cold and wastes no water. A chain letter without typos or threats — one you’ll actually want to respond to. On August 25, Dior kicked off its charitable #diorlovechain campaign, which is sure to dominate your Instagram feeds over the coming days.

In the campaign video, numerous high-profile celebs — among them Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Camille Rowe, Eva Herzigova, Fedez, Carine Roitfeld and Nicolas Ouchenir — ask/answer this question: “And you, what would you do for love?” Lawrence and Roitfeld tie in the best answer category. The World’s Most Relatable Actress says she would pretend that sleeping in sexy lingerie is comfortable (that Darren Aronofsky is a lucky man). The CR Fashion Book editor gives perhaps the French-est answer possible: she’d venture out into the snow to find her darling a pack of cigarettes.

For every person who answers the question on social media (in video form), the French house will donate $1 to the WE Charity (formerly known as Free The Children). The funds will go toward the organization’s WE School program in Kenya, which focuses on building schools, teacher accommodations and libraries and providing educational programming and teacher training so that young Kenyans can be empowered through proper education. (Portman backs the initiative.)

The catch? There is no catch. Dior’s goal is “to make a global chain that’s absolutely incredible” (and viral).

Eager to get in on the giving? Don’t forget to include the hashtag #DiorLoveChain on your post and nominate others to share their besotted behavior. A select few #DiorLoveChain will be shown on Dior.com and, if they’re good enough, in a traveling exhibition that will debut in 2018 in Shanghai.

Watch the full video above, scroll down for some of the individual celebrity clips.

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Female Spiders That Want Some Lovin’ Have Their Own Birth Control | Wolf Spiders

Female Spiders That Want Some Lovin’ Have Their Own Birth Control

I guess it’s not only human females that want to have sex without also having babies. Female wolf spiders also have their own form of birth control, a natural strategy they have developed to kill off unwanted sperm after they’ve mated with a male spider. But why would spiders even need birth control when the whole purpose of mating is to make more baby spiders? Well, it turns out that not all female wolf spiders are monogamous, and want to have a little fun with more than one male spider. So, they’ve found a natural method of killing off unwanted sperm so they can have multiple mating partners.

Now, wolf spider sex in general has already proven to be rather odd in the insect world according to researchers. Researchers have already confirmed that wolf spider sex can get pretty kinky, involving prolonged threesomes (bet you thought that was only a human thing), coitus averaging 100 minutes, twin sexual organs, and lots of vibrating legs. Yeah, these spiders are making me blush bright red just writing this.

Researchers have now confirmed that the females have a way to reduce the amount of sperm they take inside them after (and even during) these marathon mating sessions. Now, I can understand their need for this, as after mating, these females can end up having to carry up to 200 of the resulting spiderlings on their backs until they are capable of going about on their own. Can you imagine if they didn’t use some kind of birth control?! Now that sounds like a nightmare I certainly wouldn’t want to deal with.

So, how does this birth control work? Well, when the male and female spiders are going at it, the male uses his pedipalps to inject sperm into the female’s twin sex organs, which can last upwards of half an hour. The female isn’t automatically inseminated, however. She can actually store that sperm for around a month before choosing to fertilize a batch of 200 eggs. This means that the females can mate with more than one male during that month, and those batches of eggs often include offspring from more than one father.

The females are somehow able to reduce the amount of sperm they actually take in and store from each male down to a measly 17% of what was originally inserted. Researchers aren’t completely sure how they do this, but guess that they kill it off inside them, have some way of ejecting it from their bodies, or absorb and then digest the extra sperm as a mean of nutrition. These females aren’t about to let any males cramp their free-loving ways.

Do you think this spider birth control phenomenon is true only for these female wolf spiders, or are there other spiders out there with their own form of birth control?

 

 

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Video: Rebecca Rusch’s 1200-Mile Journey to Find Her Father

One of the more impressive looking adventure documentaries that has come our way in quite some time is called Blood Road. It follows mountain biker and endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch as she rides some 1200 miles (1931 km) along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam in search of her father’s final resting place. He was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War and was shot down back in 1973, never to be…

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Trump just reauthorized police to use high-tech military gear — Here's what they can get

Ferguson

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that President Donald Trump plans to loosen federal restrictions on local police agencies obtaining surplus weapons and equipment from the US military. 

The weapons transfer program, called the 1033 Program, was established by Congress in 1990, and has since allowed local law enforcement agencies to acquire more than $5.4 billion in weapons and equipment, according to the Washington Post. 

Former President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2015 that restricted certain weapons from being transferred, like grenade launchers, because he worried that these weapons and equipment could create an “us versus them” mentality, like in the events in Ferguson, Mo.

When Sessions made the announcement in front of the Fraternal Order of Police, he reportedly received a “roaring applause.”

Here’s what law enforcement agencies can now get. 

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Camouflage uniforms.

Camouflage uniforms are mostly used by SWAT officers, but critics, like Obama, worried that it could create an “us versus them” mentality.  

The Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group that made recommendations to Obama in 2015 also noted that wearing camouflage uniforms in urban settings does not actually camouflage the officer. 

However, “solid‐color utility uniforms are not listed on the Prohibited or Controlled Equipment Lists and may continue to be acquired through Federal programs,” Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group said. 

Bayonets.

“This type of equipment is likewise seen as incompatible with the concept of civilian law enforcement, particularly when other equipment, such as a utility knife, could be used for ordinary and other legitimate law enforcement purposes,” Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group said. 

Weapons of .50 caliber or higher.

Weapons above 0.50 caliber, such as the Browning .50 caliber machine gun seen above, are also on the prohibited list because they are “very destructive and capable of penetrating structures and lightly armored vehicles,” Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group said. 

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