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IndyCar plans street course testing with windscreen cockpit device

IndyCar is hoping to test the windscreen cockpit protection system early in the 2018 season on a street course as it evaluates introducing it for the following year

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Carolina Herrera Fall 2018 Runway

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Crab Spiders Catch Their Bee Prey By Making Flowers Appear More Attractive

Crab Spiders Catch Their Bee Prey By Making Flowers Appear More Attractive

There are plenty of things that can hinder a bee’s ability to pollinate flowers, but most of you would probably not suspect a type of spider to get in the way of a bee’s pollination duties. After all, spiders crawl on the ground, and they cannot fly. Based on this basic knowledge of spider behavior, it seems fair to assume that bees are safe from spider attacks while they are pollinating flowers. However, the world is rich in a multitude of different arthropod species, and spiders that prey on bees during pollination do exist. The crab spider, also known as a flower spider, is a bizarre looking spider specimen. These spiders are common in Australia and many other regions, including parts of Europe. These spiders have smooth and glossy bodies, and most species do not grow to be any larger than a centimeter in length. European and Australian varieties of crab spider are known for being remarkably colorful. This colorful exterior comes in handy when crab spiders camouflage themselves within a flower’s vibrant petals. Crab spiders are often found nestled within the petals of certain flowers for two reasons. One reason is to camouflage themselves from predators like birds. The second reason also involves camouflage, but in this case the spiders are waiting to ambush an unsuspecting and tasty pollinating insect. This method of preying on honey bees is quite effective, as the spiders are able to alter a flower’s colors in order to make them appear more attractive to pollinating bees.

Unlike humans, bees can perceive colors that are expressed through ultraviolet light. Bees choose which flowers to pollinate based on the attractiveness of a particular flower’s UV color scheme. Researchers have determined that crab spiders are able to use their own natural colors in order to make flowers appear more attractive to bees. Crab spiders will climb into a flower’s petals and sit in waiting for an unsuspecting honey bee to come and pollinate the occupied flower. Unfortunately for honey bees, the most desirable flowers are the ones that contain predatory crab spiders. Upon a bee’s descent onto a particular flower, a crab spider will emerge in order to snatch the honey bee from the air. Honey bees also use olfactory senses when choosing flowers for pollination, but when researchers inhibited the odors emitted by flowers, the honey bees still chose flowers that contained crab spiders. This finding clearly indicates that crab spiders have adapted an ability to catch honey bee prey by manipulating the way a flower’s color is perceived by honey bees. The shiny and richly colored exterior of crab spiders likely evolved for this reason.

Have you ever heard of any other type of spider species that preys on flying insects?


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What it Takes to Start a New Guide Service on Everest

If you follow the climbing season on Everest, you probably know most of the companies that guide there by name. Himalayan Experience, International Mountain Guides, Altitude Junkies, and others are practically household names within the mountaineering community. It can be extremely challenging for a new company to break into that world where the risks on the mountain equal those of starting a new…

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Allegations that Michael Fassbender broke an ex-girlfriend's nose and later dragged her along a car have resurfaced due to a 2010 court filing

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  • An allegation of domestic abuse against actor Michael Fassbender has resurfaced in a new report from The Daily Beast, which cites a 2010 court filing from Fassbender’s ex-girlfriend, Sunawin Andrews.
  • Andrews reportedly filed for a restraining order against Fassbender in March 2010 for allegedly dragging her alongside a car and, in a separate incident, breaking her nose. 


A nearly decade-old allegation of domestic abuse against actor Michael Fassbender has resurfaced in a report from The Daily Beast published on Monday.

Fassbender, who married actress Alicia Vikander in October, was accused in 2010 by his then-girlfriend Sunawin Andrews of dragging Andrews alongside a car and, in a separate incident, breaking her nose, according to a court petition which Andrews filed and The Daily Beast recently obtained. 

Andrews, then a 36-year-old aspiring model and actress, reportedly filed a restraining order against Fassbender in March 2010 for the alleged abuse committed in 2009. 

TMZ first reported in 2010 on Andrews’ court filing and allegation of abuse, but as The Daily Beast notes, the allegation never gained much traction in the public or media’s perception of Fassbender, known for his leading roles in films like “Steve Jobs” and the latest incarnation of the “X-Men” franchise. 

Fassbender has also never commented on the allegation publicly. The actor’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. 

In response to The Daily Beast article, Andrews referred the outlet to her statements filed in the court petition.

In the court filing, according to The Daily Beast, Andrews alleged that Fassbender became upset after one of her ex-boyfriends said hello to her while she was dining with the actor and two friends at a restaurant. Andrews said that Fassbender was “drinking and became angry,” and that her friends followed them home, concerned.

Michael was driving my car dangerously fast and screaming at me. I begged him to stop the car in fear of an accident or for my children who were home asleep,” Andrews wrote in the filing. “As we got closer to my house I put my car in stop. Got out walked around the car to pull key from ignition. Michael drove of[f] dragging me along from the car.”

In the court filing, Andrews said that she went to the hospital on November 29, 2009, 11 days after the alleged incident, to treat “a twisted left ankle, blown out left knee cap, and a bursted ovarian cyst.”

A former friend of Andrews’ who attended the same dinner told The Daily Beast that she “didn’t witness anything [Fassbender] did to her” the night of the alleged car dragging.  

Andrews also alleged that, in a separate incident at a film festival in July 2009, Fassbender became violent and broke her nose the morning after a night of drinking.

“He was sleeping in urine,” Andrew wrote in the court filing of Fassbender. “I woke him and he began to be violent and threw me over a chair, breaking my nose.”

According to the records obtained by The Daily Beast, a judge granted Andrews a temporary restraining order that called for Fassbender to move out of the couple’s home in Bel Air, which Andrews said was leased in her name.

SEE ALSO: A new lawsuit says Harvey Weinstein employed a female entourage of ‘wing women’ to help him meet young women, and teach his assistants how to smell and dress to his liking

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70 years of Porsche to be honoured at 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Porsche race cars spanning seven decades will feature at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 12-15) as the event celebrates the 70th anniversary of Porsche’s first car, the 356

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