Daily Archives: November 22, 2017

Suzuki MotoGP rider Iannone pips Crutchlow on day one of Jerez test

Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone topped the opening day of MotoGP testing in Jerez, edging out Cal Crutchlow by less than a tenth of a second

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Citroen couldn't match other offers to secure Ogier for WRC 2018

Citroen says it could not match Sebastien Ogier’s other offers for the 2018 World Rally Championship season

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You Should Feel Lucky That You Don’t Eat Like Termites

You Should Feel Lucky That You Don’t Eat Like Termites

We all know that termites eat and digest wood and other forms of dead plant life that contain cellulose. For the vast majority of animals, humans included, cellulose cannot be broken down during digestion; instead, the cellulose will go right through us. This is why termites are able to perform a much needed service to the natural environment. After all, which other animal can clear millions of pieces of dead vegetation from perfectly arable land. Although termites often feed on timber-framed homes, we all know that a termite’s appetite is well satisfied with acres of dead plant life. However, most people are unfamiliar with the process of termite digestion. There are well over one thousand different species of termites on the planet, and many termites digest cellulose in the same way. If you have a weak stomach then some of the following information may gross you out.

Eating wood is not an easy task. It is the cellulose in wood that is particularly hard to digest, let alone chew. Cellulose is a polymer that gives plants their strong and firm cell walls. Termites are special insects in that they possess three different digestive symbionts that assist in the process of cellulose breakdown. These three symbionts include a bacteria, an archae-bacteria, and flagellate protozoans.

The mouthparts of a termite do very little chewing; instead a piece of wood will travel from the mouthparts to a gizzard-like feature that contains many teeth. This gizzard grinds wood with a collection of sharp internal teeth. From there the pulverized wood moves to the midgut where enzymes break down sugars for the termite’s absorption. Once the material reaches the hindgut the cellulose fibers are still mostly intact. The three symbionts within the hindgut break down the cellulose to provide nutrients for the termite and for themselves, as symbionts are also organisms that must feed.

Once the cellulose is discarded as waste, it still contains significant amounts of nutrients. This is why termites often feed on the digested material of other termites within their colony. Termite waste can pass through a single termite several times. Termites often don’t waste any time finding nutrients, as they often resort to  “proctodeal trophallaxis”, which you may or may not want to Google.

Have you ever heard of termites digesting cellulose in a manner that required the growth of fungus?

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Video: A Visit to Grand Teton National Park

For the mainstream traveler, Grand Teton National Park is an often overlooked gem. Many pass it by to travel to Yellowstone or Glacier instead. But for those in the know, Grand Teton is a wonderful landscape that is tough to top. Wild, rugged, and teeming with life, Grand Teton has the ability to surprise and delight. This video gives you a taste of what to expect there.

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A federal grand jury has charged the Manhattan truck attack suspect with terrorism and murder

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  • Sayfullo Saipov, the man accused of killing eight last month in a truck attack in New York City, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
  • He is charged with murder and attempted murder in the aid of racketeering activity, providing material support to ISIS, and violence and destruction of a motor vehicle.

A federal grand jury has indicted Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbeki national accused of killing eight and injuring 11 when he rammed a truck into cyclists and pedestrians in lower Manhattan last month.

Saipov faces 22 federal charges, including eight counts of murder in the aid of racketeering activity, 11 counts of attempted murder in the aid of racketeering activity, one count of providing material support and resources to the terrorist group ISIS, and one count of violence and destruction of motor vehicles.

“As alleged in this indictment, Sayfullo Saipov murdered eight innocent people and injured many more in a calculated act of terrorism in the heart of one of our great cities,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said a statement. “People have a right to safety walking down a sidewalk or riding a bike, and we will not change our resolve to confront these threats both at home and abroad.”

The deadly attack began in the afternoon of October 31, when prosecutors say Saipov drove a rented Home Depot pickup truck onto a busy Manhattan bike lane, veering into his victims and colliding with a school bus before jumping out and brandishing two guns that were later determined by police to be fake.

Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the attack. 

St. Charles County Department of Corrections/via REUTERSSaipov was arrested after being shot by a police officer shortly after the crash. He waived his Miranda rights verbally and spoke to law enforcement officials about the attack, according to a criminal complaint released earlier this month.

Saipov admitted to authorities that he wrote a note found near the crashed truck, which was written in Arabic and said the Islamic State would endure forever, according to the complaint.

He said he was was motivated to carry out the attack after watching a video featuring ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi asking what Muslims in the US were doing to respond to the killing of Muslims in Iraq.

Saipov also asked during his interview with authorities if he could display the ISIS flag in his hospital room after the attack. He told them that “he felt good about what he had done,” the complaint said.

Each of the counts Saipov faces carries a maximum sentence of the death penalty, although it’s unclear whether federal prosecutors will seek it.

President Donald Trump caused an small uproar shortly after the attack when he publicly called for capital punishment in Saipov’s case. Legal experts lamented that such a demand could taint a jury pool or otherwise undermine the work of both the prosecutors and Saipov’s defense team.

SEE ALSO: Trump’s death penalty tweets will likely throw a huge wrench in the NYC terror suspect’s case

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