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Toyota simulating random problems in Le Mans testing

Toyota has revealed it has been simulating random failures in its testing programme in order to better prepare itself for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours

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The Blonds Fall 2018 Runway

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See all the The Blonds Fall 2018 looks from the runway.

 

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What Makes Termites Different From All Other Types Of Social Insect

What Makes Termites Different From All Other Types Of Social Insect

The fact that termites are social insects is widely known. However, most people may not know that termites are not closely related to other social insects. With the exception of termites, all social insects belong to the insect order known as Hymenoptera. Termites, on the other hand, technically belong to the order known as Blattodea, but they used to belong solely to the Isoptera order. The Blattodea order of insects include cockroaches. Experts used to believe that termites and cockroaches belonged to different orders. However, recent genetic evidence has demonstrated that termites are closely related to cockroaches. This discovery led to termites being reclassified as members of the Blattodea order. Now termites are classified as belonging to the Isoptera “sub-order” of insects. Despite this recent change in taxonomological organization, experts still refer to termites as members of the Isoptera order of insects in most scientific publications.

A study conducted in 2007 found that termites were actually social cockroaches. Recent advances in scientific technology have revealed that termites branched-off from a type of wood-boring cockroach species that is now extinct. The first termites on earth predated all other social insect species.

There are many differences that exist between termites and all other forms of social insects in the Hymenoptera order. For example, termite workers and soldiers possess underdeveloped sex organs, but all termite workers and soldiers can potentially develop into either sex. However, Hymenoptera insect workers and soldiers are always female.

For more than a century, termites have been referred to as “white ants”. This misleading label still creates confusion today. When sophisticated microscopes were developed, researchers noted several differences between termites and ants. Some of these different termite features include straight antennae, four wings of equal size, broad waist of the thorax and a broad abdomen. These bodily features allow experts to immediately distinguish between ants and termites. Termite queens are different from all other social insect queens in that they live for a much longer period of time. Some termite queens can even live to fifty years of age. However, some queens belonging to particular ant species can live for as long as thirty years.

Do you think that there may exist another type of undocumented social insect that is not related to Hymenoptera insects?

 

 

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Where Are the North Pole Skiers for 2018?

Typically about this time of year we begin to turn our attention north to the Arctic and the North Pole. Late February and early March are usually the time of year when skiers are preparing to set out on expeditions to the top of the world, a long and arduous journey that requires a great deal of strength, determination, and focus. But this season I have yet to hear of any expeditions undertaking…

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There's little chance Israel's Prime Minister will quit or be fired, despite bribery allegations

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  • Israeli police have recommended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on several several counts of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.
  • Netanyahu can remain in office as the process Attorney General makes a decision to indict, which will likely take months.
  • Experts say the police accusations aren’t guaranteed to lead to an indictment.
  • If an indictment does occur, there is no law requiring Netanyahu to quit.

On Tuesday, Israeli police put forth a recommendation to indict Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for several several counts of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

The police recommendation will now go to Israel’s Attorney General, Avichai Mendelblit, to decide on filing charges against the troubled prime minister.

But an indictment may still be far away.

Former Police Affairs Reporter at The Jerusalem Post Ben Hartman told Business Insider police accusations may not lead to a surefire outcome.

“A police recommendation can help convince the prosecutors, simply due to the fact that the recommendation is based on the evidence in the case, and that’s what the prosecutors will look at,” he said.

Still, the police’s evidence may not be enough to sway legal authorities, according to Hartman, and many instances of police recommendations in Israel do not end in indictments.

“The prosecution can definitely disagree and they do at times,” he said, adding that the severity of the allegations could affect the chances of indictment.

“If it’s bribery (“shochad”) that’s more serious than breach of trust,” Hartman said.

If Netanyahu were to be indicted it would send shockwaves through Israel’s Parliament, and deal a huge blow to the Prime Minister who has maintained power in Israeli politics for over 20 years.

An indictment may not stop Netanyahu from staying prime minister

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Even in the case of an indictment, Netanyahu may not step down from power.

In Tuesday’s statement, Netanyahu said nothing would “sway” his decision to stay in his role.

“I will continue to lead the State of Israel with responsibility and loyalty, as long as you, the citizens of Israel, choose me to lead you,” he said.

And there may not be a legal way to remove him from power if an indictment is given as Israel has no concrete law in place requiring the prime minister to quit under a criminal indictment.

Rather, as Hartman described it, it is “just the accepted norm.”

“If he is indicted, the pressure will be on him to step down,” Hartman said.

Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert faced corruption charges throughout his premiership in 2006-2009, but ultimately made the decision to resign before charges were handed down.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s coalition partners have put little pressure on him to step down, although that could change as details of the allegations continue to emerge.

For now, the next steps lay with the Attorney General Mendelblit. However, he has close ties to the Prime Minister, having previously served as Netanyahu’s Cabinet Secretary in 2013.

Demonstrators have been holding regular protests outside Mendelblit’s home in Israel, and have accused him of purposely dragging out the investigation on Netanyahu, which he denies.

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Max Verstappen reveals his helmet design for 2018 Formula 1 season

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has revealed his new helmet design for the 2018 Formula 1 season

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Amazon's McLaren series needed to keep 'authentic' controversies

McLaren’s behind-the-scenes Amazon documentary would have fallen flat if the Formula 1 team had censored some of its more controversial moments, reckons executive director Zak Brown

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