Daily Archives: December 14, 2017

Renault F1 team 'must avoid' final round showdowns in future

Renault must avoid putting itself in situations where so much is at stake in the final race of the season in future, claims its Formula 1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul

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McLaren F1 junior Norris: F2 debut more difficult than I expected

Lando Norris says his competitive Formula 2 debut at the Abu Dhabi 2017 season finale was tougher than he expected it to be

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Banish the Cold-Weather Blues With Winter Florals

There are many things we’re forced to abandon once the snow falls. Think skin-baring crop tops, miniskirts and tank tops (unless you’re willing to layer all of these into oblivion). But floral patterned pieces aren’t on the list. While florals are usually reserved for spring, what better way to brighten up dreary winter days (and nights) than with some flower power?

There are some conditions, though. Spring florals are always vivid and sunny, but winter florals are typically more moody and alluring. You can rock bright shades, but they should be tempered with darker floral patterns or the reverse, vibrant flowers backed by a black or navy background.

The Fall 2017 runways were blooming with winter florals.

Erdem Fall 2017, Prabal Gurung Fall 2017, Simone Rocha Fall 2017; Images: Imaxtree

The Fall 2017 runways showcased winter florals in new arrangements. Erdem brought out its bouquet printed on silk velvet silhouettes, favoring richer shades like forest green, gold and charcoal gray. Prabal Gurung hit replay on one floral pattern used on a hip-baring dress, a wrap skirt and an edgy pantsuit layered over a complementary turtleneck. Simone Rocha was all about red daisies with the distinctive pattern decorating everything from sheer overlays on dresses to skirt suits to jackets.

Fresh florals spotted outside the Spring 2018 shows.

Winter florals done the street style way; Images: Imaxtree

It was only a matter of time before florals found their way to the streets. The Spring 2018 showgoers showed off a variety of flower-patterned creations. A street stylist sees no conflict in capping off a floral patterned coat dress with Balenciaga’s now infamous floral sock boots (plus working in a flower bag to boot). Florals and stripes are a natural combo, as long as the colors coordinate. And a plum dress stays in a winter state of mind teamed with black accessories.

Street style takes of winter florals.

Flower power hits the streets; Images: Imaxtree

They also were spotted in floral suits that weren’t exactly office-appropriate, blooming co-ords just waiting to be winterized and flowering kimono-style jackets.

Now’s the time to take a look through your closet to see if any of your florals fit the season. If your wardrobe is lacking, here are 15 winter floral pieces that will freshen things up.

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Pseudoscorpions Use Butterflies As A Form Of Airborne Transport

Pseudoscorpions Use Butterflies As A Form Of Airborne Transport

Some regions are crowded with bugs. This is a problem for particularly small bugs, who must compete for resources while avoiding death. For most small bugs, life in a region with a high arthropod population can be problematic, and there is no easy solution to this problem. Well for most bugs there is no easy solution, as pseudoscorpions manage to escape hostile and overcrowded environments by making the most of its resources. Imagine if there was a form of airborne travel for bugs wishing to relocate and start fresh in new environments that are rich with sustenance. Like airplanes, but for bugs. Well, for pseudoscorpions, these forms of airborne travel do exist in the form of butterflies. Believe it or not, but pseudoscorpions have evolved to hitch rides on butterflies in order to relocate to more agreeable habitats.

Every once in awhile researchers will stumble upon a recently developed butterfly only to find a pseudoscorpion using its pincers to grip the butterflies legs or anntenae. If you are a big fan of butterflies then don’t worry. Pseudoscorpions do not harm butterflies. Afterall, butterflies better serve pseudoscorpions by acting as airborne travel vessels. Pseudoscorpions are carnivorous and they do often consume mites, insect eggs and various forms of larvae. Pseudoscorpions can be found gripping parts of a butterfly because they know that butterflies may take off flying at any moment, and they do not want to lose their rides. Pseudoscorpions will secure a ride in a way that is similar to a human hijacking a car. The pseudoscorpion will use its pincers to grab the spines or head-horns of caterpillars. Soon after, the caterpillar pupates, and the pseudoscorpion remains attached to the shed skin which is also still attached to the pupa. Once a butterfly emerges from the pupa, the pseudoscorpion will hustle onto the butterfly and grip a body part. After a lengthy trip, the butterfly will land, at which point the pseudoscorpion releases itself and colonizes a new habitat. This form of hitch-hiking is referred to as “phoresy”.

Have you ever heard of any other insect that resorts to “phoresy”?


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Video: The Rhythms of Peru

For many people, the first thought that comes to mind when you think of Peru is Machu Picchu, the mountaintop fortress that was built by the Inca. That place is indeed spectacular, but the country has so much more to offer. From snowcapped peaks in the Andes to the Amazon Basin, Peru is a country filled with opportunities for adventure. In this video, we travel there to get a look at these places…

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The NYC subway bombing suspect made his first court appearance from his hospital bed

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  • Akayed Ullah, the New York City subway bombing suspect, appeared in court Wednesday via video from his hospital bed.
  • Federal prosecutors charged Ullah on Tuesday with five counts, including providing support to a terrorist organization and using a weapon of mass destruction.

Akayed Ullah, the man accused of detonating a makeshift bomb in a busy underground passageway in New York City on Monday, made his first court appearance on Wednesday via video as he lay in his hospital bed.

Ullah, a 27-year-old Brooklyn resident originally from Bangladesh, was presented with the charges laid by federal prosecutors on Tuesday, which include supporting a terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a place of public use, destroying property by means of fire or explosives, and using a destructive device during a violent crime.

Three of the counts carry a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction. Prosecutors on Wednesday asked that Ullah continue to be detained without bail, and his public defender did not challenge the request, according to court documents.

Ullah remains hospitalized due to serious burns from the pipe bomb that was strapped to his chest when it partially detonated. During his appearance, he was covered to the neck in a white blanket, and remained mostly expressionless, according to a Reuters reporter who was there. The Manhattan federal court doesn’t allow cameras inside the courtroom.

Magistrate Judge Katharine Parker told him that he had a right to an attorney and did not have to make any statements. His next court appearance is set for January 13.

The alleged attack occurred early Monday morning in a narrow passageway connecting the Times Square subway station and Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan. The explosion injured just three people in addition to Ullah, who was found lying on the ground at the scene and arrested.

Ullah told investigators in an interview that he constructed the bomb and carried out the attack on behalf of the terrorist group ISIS, according to a criminal complaint released Tuesday.

akayed ullah nyc bombing screenshotAuthorities said Ullah posted several statements to Facebook shortly before the attack, including a taunt to President Donald Trump saying, “Trump you failed to protect your nation.”

Another post expressed a message Ullah “believed would be understood by members and supporters of ISIS to convey that Ullah carried out the attack in the name of ISIS,” according to the complaint.

In a search of Ullah’s apartment, authorities also found bomb-making materials consistent with those of the pipe bomb found at the scene of Monday’s explosion, and a Bangladeshi passport that contained the handwritten message “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE,” the complaint said.

Investigators said they believe Ullah was first radicalized around 2014 and began conducting internet research on how to build improvised explosive devices roughly a year ago.

The complaint said Ullah viewed pro-ISIS materials online and watched a video instructing supporters to carry out attacks in their homeland if they were unable to travel overseas to join the terrorist group.

The complaint accuses Ullah of carrying out the attack “to terrorize as many people as possible,” alleging that he chose to attack on a Monday with the hope that more people would be present since it was a workday.

The pipe bomb used in the attack was filled with metal screws and attached to Ullah’s body using zip ties, with a homemade detonator that included Christmas-tree lights, according to the complaint.

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Rebellion confirms LMP1 return with Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani

Racing Rebellion has announced its return to LMP1 in the World Endurance Championship with a driver line-up including former Le Mans 24 Hours winners Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani

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