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How to Wear Knee-High Socks the Prada Way

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Miuccia Prada is known for two things: her feminism-touting collections and her all-over-the-placeness (recall the designer’s Fall 2017 runway, wherein ostrich feather separates walked alongside corduroy suits and knit bras). However, on the designer’s two most recent runways (Spring 2018 and Resort 2018), there was one very noticeable common thread: printed knee-high socks.

Knee-high socks and coordinating Cloudbusts on the Prada Spring 2018 runway.

Knee-high socks and coordinating Cloudbusts on the Prada Spring 2018 runway; Image: Imaxtree

Some knee-high socks came paired with modernist kitten-heel slingbacks, others with pointy studded brogues, still others paired with the brand’s newly released Cloudbust sneakers (yes, like just about every other elite fashion house, Prada has hopped on the fashion sneaker train). In the latter case, the socks appeared a natural extension of the models’ pillowy, Velcro-strapped, chunky-soled shoes — which is to say, Prada went with tonal styling. It was almost as if the girls were wearing especially bulky over-the-knee boots.

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The overall effect was certainly eye-catching (especially when paired with the brand’s tailored shorts and pieced-together shirts), but it’s actually one of the easier, more minimalist ways to wear statement socks — particularly those that rise to the knee. Just ask Rihanna, whose latest Fenty campaign shows the singer clad in baby blue knee-highs, matching velour sweatpants and coordinating kitten heels. Or former VFiles/current Helmut Lang intern Sabrina Fuentes, who looked every bit the school-age fashion minion in white knee-high socks, white-trimmed baby pink Converse and a perfectly coordinated striped knit/mini skirt look.

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So, in keeping with the experimental, anything-goes fashion mood we all adopt come fall when chillier temperatures allow for weirder coats and more layering possibilities, we invite you, yet again, to think sock- and shoe-first, then build the rest of your (high-hemmed) outfit from there. Ahead, five Prada-esque knee-high socks pairings to get you started.

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Tropical Honeybees May Have Survived Nuclear Winter Tens Of Millions Of Years Ago

Tropical Honeybees May Have Survived Nuclear Winter Tens Of Millions Of Years Ago

Scientists have suggested a few theories concerning the cause of the extinction of dinosaurs and other forms of Cretaceous life on the planet. Although multiple plausible theories, such as the “ice age”, have been suggested, many modern scientists are convinced that an asteroid wiped out most of earth’s lifeforms, including dinosaurs, millions of years ago. Most scientists agree that the planet became very cold following the impact of the asteroid. However, scientists have still not reached a consensus concerning how long this nuclear winter lasted. According to one researcher, the modern existence of a certain species of tropical honeybee indicates that a nuclear winter could not have lasted for long.

According to a University of New Orleans graduate student, Jacqueline Kozisek, the fact that the tropical honeybee known as Cretotrigona prisca survived past the Cretaceous period indicates that the nuclear winter may not have been as devastating to life on earth as many scientists think. Kozisek has studied numerous specimens of Cretotrigona prisca that have been preserved in amber. She claims that these ancient honeybees are nearly identical to the tropical honeybees that are living today. Given the similarities, it is likely that the ancient honeybees could tolerate just as much cold weather as today’s honeybees. In fact, the fossilized honeybees could even be ancestors to modern tropical honeybees. Since the fossilized honeybees went extinct long after the asteroid impact, they must have survived the nuclear winter. This means that the post cretaceous planet may not have been as cold as scientists think, or the nuclear winter did not last for very long. Modern honeybees would never be able to survive for an extended period of time in the cold post-cretaceous climate, so neither could these fossilized bees.

Today’s honeybees thrive at temperatures between thirty one and thirty four degrees celsius, so these fossilized honeybees likely required similar temperatures in order to survive. Scientists currently believe that the nuclear winter forced the earth’s temperature down to seven to twelve degrees celsius, which is too cold for the honeybees. Some scientists believe that Kozisek may be onto something. After all, many organisms did survive the asteroid impact and the following nuclear winter. Only seventy percent of life on earth died in the process. This fossilized honeybee may change the way scientists imagine the extinction event that occurred sixty five million years ago.

Do you believe many types of insects survived the nuclear winter, and that explains why fossilized insects look similar to insects living today?

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Video: The Boiling River of the Amazon

For decades explorers and researchers heard stories of a boiling river that existed deep within the Amazon, but no one was able to locate it to verify its existence. However, geothermal scientist Andrés Ruzo went in search of the place and found it. With waters hot enough to kill a human being, this place holds a mystical presence amongst the indigenous people that inhabit the area, and as you’ll…

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One of Trump's first major solutions to the opioid crisis could actually make the problem worse

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  • President Donald Trump’s opioid commission plans to recommend that drug courts be established in every federal judicial district.
  • Drug courts are meant to divert some defendants with substance abuse disorders into treatment programs rather than prison.
  • But public health experts say drug courts are a harmful way of incorporating the criminal justice system into addiction treatment.

The White House Opioid Commission will recommend on Wednesday that drug courts be established in every federal judicial district in an effort to combat the opioid crisis, according to a draft report obtained by STAT News.

Thousands of drug courts have sprung up across the country since the first was created in 1989, with the goal of diverting certain defendants with drug abuse and addiction issues to treatment, rather than prison. The White House commission’s report, however, found that fewer than one-third of federal judicial districts and just 44% of US counties had drug courts as of 2015.

Drug courts are geared toward criminal defendants arrested on low-level possession charges, or other drug-driven crimes that could carry criminal penalties, Chris Deutsch, communications director for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, told Business Insider earlier this year. 

The push towards drug courts, Deutsch said, is part of a larger movement toward tailored, evidence-based criminal justice programs that serve different populations and needs.

“Rather than entangling someone in the system for a low-level possession, they can be diverted,” Deutsch said. “We need systems in place that — no matter where you are in the system — you are being diverted based on an assessment. There should be an evidence-based program for you.”

Deutsch declined on Tuesday to comment on the White House commission’s draft report before its formal release.

Drug courts have come under scrutiny by public health experts who say that incorporating the criminal justice system into treatment for a disease such as opioid-use disorder is harmful and can often result in punishing participants by sending them to prison if they relapse, as most people addicted to opioids do.

Many of the cases that come before drug courts shouldn’t touch the criminal justice system at all, according to Mae Quinn, director of the MacArthur Justice Center in St. Louis, a public interest law firm that uses litigation as a tool to provoke criminal justice reform.

“When we try to put a criminal justice overlay over what should be a public health issue, it’s not a good match,” Quinn told Business Insider earlier this year. “We need community-based voluntary options. You shouldn’t have to be arrested to get access to a program.”

Mixing healthcare and criminal justice

opioid addiction heroin crisisDrug courts are also notorious for providing neglectful care to their participants, according to David Patterson, a public health expert at Washington University in St. Louis.

Patterson, who has worked on drug courts in Kentucky and has worked in treatment for more than 15 years, said he has seen drug courts that push participants into signing contracts that bind them to questionable treatment methods such as writing papers, attending boot camps, and various forms of therapy that, in some cases amount, to “pseudoscience.”

Another pitfall is that in the drug court system, judges essentially take on the roles of “clinical treatment directors,” Patterson said, allowing them vast discretion to determine treatment options or jail or prison time, based on participants’ adherence to the court’s rules.

“There is such political branding of drug courts that they are able to treat people however they want to,” Patterson told Business Insider earlier this year.

Andi Peterson, a 26-year-old Utah resident, was one such participant. Peterson told Business Insider last year that she was in and out of drug court for nearly two years after a felony arrest for narcotics possession, where she repeatedly relapsed, was put in jail for months at a time, and eventually faced up to 15 years in state prison. 

Peterson said she was unable to stay off opioids in drug court, despite the treatment provided. She eventually was successful while serving a year in prison, after which she was released. She has stayed in recovery since.

Stories like Peterson’s, said Patterson, are what make him wary of drug courts.

“[The court takes] custody of people with a medical illness and they treat them like it’s a criminal issue. That’s malpractice,” Patterson added. “This would never happen to people with cancer, but because they are an addict they get away with it.”

Vivitrol and drug courts

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One issue in particular that has sprung up over the last five years has been the proliferation of drug courts that mandate participants use Vivitrol, a monthly injection that blocks opioid receptors in the brain. Though a recent study suggests some success for Vivitrol, most addiction experts recommend maintenance treatments like Suboxone or methadone despite those treatments having some potential for diversion or abuse. 

“The #1 recommended treatment across the world is indefinite maintainence treatment on Suboxone or methadone. It’s not controversial except in the minds of people who don’t like science,” Mark Willenbring, a leading addiction psychiatrist who runs Alltyr, a treatment clinic in Minneapolis, told Business Insider last month.

The pharmaceutical company Alkermes, the company behind Vivitrol, drew headlines recently after investigations by ProPublica, The New York Times, and the Associated Press reported how the company grew its business from $30 million in 2015 to $209 million a year later, primarily by marketing Vivitrol directly to hundreds of drug courts, particularly to judges in areas hard-hit by opioids who are wary of maintainence treatment.

It is as yet unclear how or when the federal drug courts would be established or what kind of treatment modality they would use.

Establishing more drug courts was just one of 53 recommendations contained in the commission’s report, according to STAT News. President Donald Trump on October 26 declared the opioid crisis a “national public health emergency” and announced several measures the federal government plans to take to address the issue.

SEE ALSO: Trump just declared the opioid crisis a ‘public health emergency’ — here’s what that means

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What a papaya orange 2018 McLaren-Renault F1 car could look like

McLaren could opt for a ‘papaya orange’ livery for its 2018 Formula 1 car and to celebrate Halloween Autosport’s sister title has visualised the Renault-powered machine

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Injured Moto2 graduate Tom Luthi to miss first Marc VDS MotoGP test

Marc VDS Honda 2018 MotoGP signing Tom Luthi has been ruled out of what would have been his first test with the team due to injury

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Formula 1 'at a crossroads' as key future engine rules talks begin

Ross Brawn has said Formula 1 is at “a crossroads” in its bid to define its future direction, and this week we should get a proper glimpse of where its new owners want to take it

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Find the Best Concealer for All Your Camouflaging Needs

You can use the best foundation out there, the most extravagant mascara and a top-notch blush, but for that really finished, flawless look, concealer is key. Let’s be honest, we all have naturally uneven skin tone in some areas, we don’t get enough sleep and we have all had the occasional acne (some more than others) that we couldn’t leave alone – hello, scars. The best concealers will cover discolorations, lighten dark areas, camouflage blemishes and help with the appearance of large pores. Add foundation to this equation and you have the perfect canvas, aka even skin tone.

But, do choose wisely – a bad formulation or a less than skillful application of concealer can actually draw attention to problem areas, making imperfections more obvious and your already dark undereye circles even darker. So, with the overwhelming number of options to choose from, be it the shade (knowing your tone and undertone is key here) or the type (stick, cream, liquid) of concealer, how to know which one will give you that airbrushed look?

Choosing the right shade of concealer

One of the biggest concerns is how to conceal dark circles under the eyes. Dark circles make us look tired and even the coolest hairstyle or the prettiest red lipstick in the world won’t divert attention from them (trust us, we’ve tried). This is where your trusted concealer hits the stage. For the undereye area, be sure to select a shade that is one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone or the foundation you are using. The same shade won’t do much for brightening or giving you that fresh look and if you go to light, you’ll end up with an obvious white circle around the eye area, no matter how well you blend. When choosing a concealer for this area, pick one with satin-type coverage that has discreet highlighting properties – this ensures a light-reflective finish that further disguises shadowed areas and gives an overall younger look to the eye.

To camouflage dark spots, scars or acne, choose a shade that is an exact match for the color of your foundation – this will make it blend into your foundation seamlessly, giving you that smooth and complete coverage, so go for a really well pigmented one.

Types of concealers

There are three main types of concealer to choose from: liquid, stick and cream. Here’s how to know which is the best concealer for your skin type and coverage needs.

Liquid concealer is one of the most common formulations because it works for all skin types, except extremely dry skin. Best results can be achieved when this type of concealer is used on normal, combination, oily and sensitive skin. It provides buildable coverage, which ranges from light to full. They usually come with an applicator stick or a built-in brush that makes it easy to apply. You can also use your fingers, makeup sponge or a concealer brush to get flawless coverage results.

Stick concealer has a thick, creamy texture which is semi-solid and because of its richness, both in pigmentation and texture, it gives best results when used on skin that tolerates (or needs) a bit of nourishment — normal, dry and sensitive skin. You can apply it by swiping it directly on the area that needs camouflaging and blend it in seamlessly using a concealer brush or a makeup sponge.

Cream concealer comes in a compact or a small pot and works for all skin types except oily. Because it’s creamy, it should be set in place with a powder. Creamy texture means it is easily blended into the skin using fingertips, sponge or a brush.

Now that you know what to look for in a concealer, we’ve rounded up 15 of the best concealers for every skin type and concern. Most of them have skin care and anti-aging properties, so you really get your money’s worth. Click through the slideshow above to see which ones ranked best.

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15 Best Concealers for All Your Camouflaging Needs

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Rodent Prevention Tips!

As the temps begin to cool off utilize the following rodent prevention Tips in Tucson!

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages for evidence of rodents before bringing them indoors.
  • Regularly check under the hood of the car for signs of a rodent infestation.

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Video: Cyclists Ride Across the U.S. Collecting Trash as They Go

In this video, we join friends Seth Orme and Abby Taylor as they set off across the U.S. by bike, riding from Georgia to Washington State. But, this wasn’t just an amazing way to see the country, but it was also a way for the two riders to leave their mark as they went. Their route took them through a number of national forests, scenic byways, and campgrounds, where they hosted trash clean-ups…

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