Daily Archives: December 5, 2017

Autosport F1 driver ratings – Ben Anderson answers reader questions

Autosport’s Grand Prix Editor Ben Anderson dropped into the Autosport Forums to answer Formula 1 fans’ questions about his driver ratings collated after every grand prix

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FE Hong Kong race winner Rosenqvist: I'm not at level I need to be

Felix Rosenqvist reckons the spin he thought had cost him a Hong Kong Formula E victory proves he is “not at the level I need to be” at the start of the new season

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Toyota: Road car styled LMP1 plan will brings manufacturers to WEC

Toyota says proposals to make future LMP1 cars look more like high-performance road cars have generated “a lot of interest” in the World Endurance Championship’s top class among manufacturers

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Soz Festival-Goers: Scientists Are Calling for a Glitter Ban

It’s small, shiny and a nightmare for music festival cleanup crews, but the days of plastic glitter might soon be over, following renewed calls from scientists for the tiny particles to be banned.

Microplastics like glitter can be ingested by animals and make their way into the food chain, and while moves to ban them in Australia have so far been unsuccessful, scientists have put out fresh warnings about how your festival makeup might affect the planet, just in time for festival season.

Dr. Sherri A. Mason from the State University of New York’s geology and environmental sciences department thinks glitter should be all-out banned, because it can carry chemicals which are ingested by animals and can eventually make their way up the food chain to harm humans.

“Yes, there are going to be pains associated with reducing our use of plastic, but we have to think beyond ourselves,” she says, as Fairfax Media reports.

“This isn’t about your New Year’s celebration. It’s about humanity, and our ability to survive as a species.”

In Australia, a 2016 Senate inquiry found that toxic chemicals inside microplastics could negatively affect marine life and therefore human health, and some cosmetics companies have since begun to phase-out their use of microplastics and glitters.

Melbourne’s Three Mamas, for example, sells an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic glitter made from eucalyptus, dubbed Eco Glitter.

“When I started learning a bit more about the environmental impacts, I said no more glitter,” co-owner Kim Makk said. “We found this and it fixed a big problem for me.”

Some glitter and craft supply shops have been hesitant to stock more eco-friendly glitters due to concerns about their quality, but it’s clear that biodegradable glitter is the future.

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BREAKING: Ingram Seriously Hurt In Highway Crash

NASCAR Hall Of Famer Jack Ingram is hospitalized today after suffering serious injuries in a highway crash Sunday morning near his home in Asheville, NC.

According to the Asheville Police Department, Ingram and two passengers were on their way to breakfast Sunday when their 2002 Chevrolet was struck in the driver’s side door by a 1999 Ford pick-up. Ingram was transported to nearby Mission Hospital in Asheville with a collapsed lung, five broken ribs, and a puncture wound on his left side. Once in ICU, it was determined that he had suffered a spleen injury that was causing internal injury. He underwent surgery Sunday evening and remains in ICU.
A statement from his family said, “We are currently by his side, managing his care with his clinicians and will decide next steps. We remain hopeful and positive, and appreciate all thoughts and prayers. We will provide updates as information becomes available.”
The 1982 and 1985 champion in what is now the NASCAR XfinitySeries was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2014 class. One of Ingram’s two passengers was transported to the hospital with pain in his right arm. Ingram’s other passenger and the driver of the other vehicle were reportedly uninjured.

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Some Termites Can Eat Through Plastic Pipes And Billiard Balls

Some Termites Can Eat Through Plastic Pipes And Billiard Balls

Termites are eusocial insects like bees, ants and wasps. But termites have an advantage over all these insects, as some species can chew through just about anything. Obviously a timber-framed home is not safe from the eating habits of termites, but termites can even chew through objects that they cannot digest. You would be surprised to learn how many materials can become destroyed by a termites mouthparts. For example, Formosan termites can eat through PVC pipes. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. These are the white drainage pipes that you have probably seen before. PVC pipes have mostly replaced metal piping since they are easier and cheaper to install. PVC can also be made into other plastic mechanisms. PVC is also used to cover cables and wiring. In Europe twenty five percent of all cable insulation is made from PVC. It is surprising that such a durable plastic material cannot withstand termite activity.

Termites secrete formic acid, which destroys the wiring within plastic pipes. And it’s not just termites that secrete formic acid. Ants, beetles and wasps are just a few other insects that secrete this corrosive acid as well. However, Formosan subterranean termites are often the most damaging of all these insects since they dwell beneath the ground’s surface for much of their lives. This makes a termites chances of encountering PVC pipes likely. Also, a termite’s body is made up of a relatively high amount of formic acid, which is around three percent of their body weight. The billions of dollars in property damage caused by termites each year is not just inflicted on wood.

Of course, termites cannot digest plastic, but Formosan subterranean termites will easily penetrate PVC plastic if it means reaching food. Not only have Formosan termites broken underground plastic water pipes, causing shut-downs in water service, but they have also destroyed electrical wires within PVC pipes, resulting in power outages. Termites have even been known for chewing billiard balls, ivory and even lead.

Have you ever heard the sound of feeding termites behind the walls of your home before or after you realized you had a termite infestation?

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Video: Equal Footing – Redefining the Role of Women Climbers in the Wilderness

Head into the Wyoming wilderness with climbers Kim Havell and Julia Heemstra with this beautiful short film that comes our way courtesy of Osprey Packs. The video not only shows us two capable and experienced alpinists in their element, but gives us a glimpse of how female climbers approach the sport in a different way from their male counterparts. Along the way, the women reflect on their…

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'Keep calm and tackle hard': FBI director sends out motivational email to agents after Trump's fiery tweets

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  • FBI Director Christopher Wray reportedly sent a motivational email to FBI employees.
  • The message comes a day after Trump unleashed on the bureau’s reputation, describing it as  “in Tatters.”
  • “Keep calm and tackle hard,” Wray wrote in the email.

FBI Director Christopher Wray sent a motivational email to the FBI’s 35,000 employees on Monday, following President Donald Trump’s tirade against the agency on Sunday, The New York Times reported.

Wray reportedly wrote that he was “inspired by example after example of professionalism and dedication to justice demonstrated around the bureau” and encouraged employees to “continue to keep focused on our critical mission.”

“It is truly an honor to represent you,” Wray said.

Although The Times notes that Wray did not specifically mention Trump in his email, it comes a day after Trump unleashed on the agency and its former director, James Comey, who testified in May that Trump asked him to drop the bureau’s ongoing investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.

“I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

In a separate tweet, Trump portrayed the FBI as an embattled agency with a tarnished reputation: “After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness,” Trump tweeted.

Following his tweets, Thomas O’Connor, the president of the FBI Agents Association, released a statement saying that the bureau’s agents “put their lives on the line” and that they performed their duties “with unwavering integrity and professionalism and a focus on complying with the law and the Constitution.”

Trump, who fired Comey in May, has previously assailed the FBI under Comey’s tenure, calling his replacement “someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.”

“We find ourselves under the microscope each and every day — and rightfully so. We do hard work for a living,” Wray’s email continued.

“Keep calm and tackle hard,” the email concluded, according to The Times.

SEE ALSO: FBI agents and James Comey fire back after Trump called their integrity into question

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