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  1. Lagavulin Released An Ultra-Exclusive 10-Year Single Malt Scotch Jet-setting across the globe and enjoying a glass of fine whisky go hand-in-hand, especially for those who feed their wanderlust hunger often. The Lagavulin 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is here for liquid coverage-lovers, and it will be exclusively sold at Dufry duty-free stores in select airports across the globe. The whisky spent time in American Oak casks to develop a rich, smoky flavor that is a genuine treat for your taste buds. According to malt master Dr. Craig Wilson, this delicious whisky is initially sweet and salty, evolving to a spicy and smoky finale. The creamy whisky is potent, yet warm, making it the perfect liquor to enjoy once you reach your destination and unwind in your hotel room. Bottled at 43% alcohol by volume, this Lagavulin whisky will not disappoint. This $61 bottle is yet another reason to travel the globe.
  2. Woman Finds 3.72-Carat Yellow Diamond While Watching YouTube Video On How To Find Diamonds A Texas woman on a first-time visit to Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park says she discovered a nearly 4-carat yellow diamond — while watching a YouTube video about how to find the precious gemstones. According to a report on the discovery from the state parks website, Miranda Hollingshead, 27, decided to visit the park with family last week as something fun to do together. The park — where tens of thousands of individual diamonds have been found over the course of the last century — is situated just a couple of hours away from where Hollingshead lives in Bogata. While surveying the park’s 37.5 acres of designated diamond discovery area, Hollingshead says she was “sitting in the shade, watching a YouTube video on how to find diamonds” when she spotted the massive 3.72-carat gemstone, noting that she “looked over at my kid for a second, and when I looked down, I saw it mixed in with other rocks.” According to park interpreter Waymon Cox, the diamond — which was described as a light yellow colour and about the size of a pencil eraser — was likely discovered as the result of recent rainfall. “Much of the ground where Ms. Hollingshead found her diamond is made of unweathered volcanic rock,” Cox said in a statement. “When it rains, flowing runoff often leaves loose gravel, and sometimes diamonds, on the surface in these areas. Diamonds have a brilliant, adamantine lustre that makes them easy to spot, and Ms. Hollingshead happened to be sitting in just the right place to see the diamond sparkle in the sun.” According to the state parks website, nearly 320 diamonds registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park this year, with 13 of those weighing at least carat. Combined, those diamonds make up a staggering 63.49 carats. Cox said Hollingshead described her diamond as reminiscent of “of a rounded molar, with a small indentation in one end.” There are a ton of factors that go into appraising a diamond like the one that Hollingshead discovered, but it’s likely worth somewhere in the tens of thousands of dollars. Assuming you have the time to hunch over and scour for diamonds across dozens of acres, Crater of Diamonds State Park sure seems to be a good place to find one. Just last month, 36-year-old Josh Lanik discovered a 2.12-carat diamond, the largest diamond discovery of the year at the time. In April, park visitor Glenn Worthington found a brown diamond weighing in at 1.52 carats. But Hollingshead and her son were sure to give their discovery a suitably unique name: Caro Avenger. Hollingshead said her son “chose the name Caro, and I am a fan of superheroes, so it seemed like a good fit.”
  3. The New Ad Astra Trailer Amps Up Brad Pitt's Space Angst As Brad Pitt’s Major Roy McBride ventures into deep space in James Grey’s upcoming space thriller Ad Astra, the famed legacy astronaut’s mind is pushed to its limits both by the unknowable darkness he literally finds himself surrounded by and the metaphorical darkness about his father’s past actions that might have jeopardised all life in the galaxy. While earlier trailers have emphasised how McBride will have to fight for his life as he falls from space and gets into high-speed chases on the surface of far-off planets, the new IMAX trailer promoting the film’s release leans heavily on the spectre of McBride’s father Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones), who’d previously travelled deeper into space than any other human. The exact nature of what the elder McBride did during his own journey is surrounded in mystery, but it’s seemingly reacted to the freak occurrences in the presence involving antimatter. Jones’ brief voice over suggests that Clifford wants his son to find something, out there. But what it is and whether it’ll lead to humanity’s destruction is anyone’s guess. Ad Astra hits theatres September 19.
  4. Ferrari: "Too much standardisation" in F1's 2021 plans Ferrari is “not happy yet” with the proposed 2021 Formula 1 regulations and is pushing back against standardisation, according to team boss Mattia Binotto. F1 owner Liberty has been keen to put an increased emphasis on standardisation in F1’s 2021 rule revamp, and the ‘21 car blueprint unveiled in July has included standard wheels and brake systems in addition to other aspects of the car being simplified. The final 2021 tech ruleset, however, will not be signed off until October, meaning that the degree of standardisation could yet be changed. Speaking to Motorsport.com ahead of the summer break, Binotto said Ferrari was sceptical about the proposed direction of the 2021 car design rules, and in particular did not see a point to the standardisation. “I am not happy yet,” Binotto said. “I am not happy as Ferrari yet. I think since the very beginning we always said that we are against the standardisation, and I feel we are going too much in the direction of standardisation. “Why are we against [it]? Because we believe that, first, the DNA of this sport is competition, and standardising somehow is against the spirit. “Second, because, whatever you're doing standard doesn't mean that you are saving money, because you need to re-engineer your car, your components, towards the new component, and that has an impact as well on the economical [side]. So I'm not sure that the balance is positive.” Binotto said that adding more standard components would not serve much of a cost-cutting purpose in 2021 given the impending introduction of the budget cap. “Sustainability is a key factor, and I think the budget cap we are all in favour, we have all subscribed already, and I think the financial regulation is a key point of the future as well, because it's stopping expenses, it's closing the gap between the small and the big teams - even if maybe the budget which has been agreed is very high for small teams, but at least you reduce the gap. “And I think that, again, it's back on the standardisation. I don't think we need standard parts to save money, because we will anyway spend whatever is the cap. At least the top teams will spend whatever is the cap, so on the standard parts will not be affecting that respect. “So, while I understand the reason of them, I think we need to be careful in evaluating the risk versus benefit, and not forgetting also the final objective.” Binotto also admitted to his reservations about the aero revamp for 2021, which will see championship return to a ‘ground effect’ concept. “We have always been very concerned by the new aero regulation, since the very first time, for two main reasons here again. “First, we believe that starting from scratch, a new regulation, there may be a lot of unintended consequences, so the level of risk is very high. And the second, because we feel that aerodynamic should remain a performance differentiator. “What we should avoid as F1 is - we should not transform the sport into a show, I think that still it has to remain a sport, the show by itself has short legs. “Certainly we need to improve the spectacle of our sport, which is two different things [show and spectacle]. “So, by doing that, I think we need to really be careful on what we are deciding, we should avoid to overreact, I think we may have spectacle today, there are few things that need to be improved and which we are all in agreement, I think we should be focused on those.”
  5. Stella, Fry "key" to McLaren resurgence, say team chiefs McLaren Formula 1 team chiefs have credited Andrea Stella and Pat Fry for leading the outfit’s resurgence during its “interim period”. Eric Boullier’s resignation as McLaren’s racing director in July of last year amid a torrid F1 campaign with the MCL33 kickstarted a restructuring of the Woking-based outfit. The reshuffle, initiated by CEO Zak Brown, saw Stella installed as performance director and Fry brought in as engineering director on a short-term deal. Speaking to Motorsport.com, Andreas Seidl and James Key – who have since joined as team principal and technical director respectively – said Stella and Fry’s guidance has played a big part in McLaren’s much-improved showing in 2019 so far. “What is important to mention is that Andrea together with Pat played a key role in making these changes happen,” Seidl said when asked about the design process improvements reflected in the MCL34’s strong early form. “One thing is to understand what are the issues and then the second thing is that you need people that lead that - and it was clear with the changes that Zak initiated last year, putting Andrea and Pat in charge in this interim period and in charge of the car, making sure the right convictions get transferred in this year's car, that [the 2019 car] was the result. “It is a team effort, but you need the leadership and it was done with Pat and Andrea, which was sensational and it made it a lot easier for us to get started.” “I back up what Andreas is saying, I don’t think any of us can claim any credit for the resurgence of McLaren compared to last year,” added Key. “That was very much a team effort led by Pat and Andrea and a brave reset after season that they had, so full credit to the team.” McLaren sits in a clear fourth place in the constructors standings in 2019, and already has 20 more points than it had picked up all throughout last year. While Stella - formerly a long-time Fernando Alonso race engineer - remains in his current role, Fry is set to depart McLaren and is understood to be on gardening leave, with Williams regarded as a potential future destination. Seidl had been given free rein by Brown to shape McLaren’s management team, and says he now has the organisation that is in line with his plans. “Of course we needed time to get into it but I think with now also having my leadership team in position - which is James as technical director, then we promoted also internally Piers Thynne as operations director, plus having on the track side Andrea as the performance director and Paul James as the team manager, it was an important step. “Now I have the leadership in place, now it is important for all of us to develop the vision of where we want to head to as an organisation.”
  6. Honda chief says 2019 results will "encourage" F1 stay Honda believes it cannot do much more to secure its Formula 1 future as its programme chiefs await a decision from the company on whether to continue beyond 2020. The Japanese manufacturer ended its win drought earlier this season in Austria, where Max Verstappen scored the first victory for Red Bull and Honda’s new-for-2019 partnership. Verstappen won again in Germany and scored his first pole position in Hungary, as Red Bull-Honda cemented itself as Mercedes’ most consistent challenger heading into the summer break. Honda is weighing up whether to continue in F1 after the end of next season, and its victory in Austria was well-timed as it preceded a key board meeting. The company’s F1 managing director Masashi Yamamoto told Motorsport.com that in terms of the significance of the place and timing for Honda’s first win since returning to F1 in 2015, “maybe the only place it can equal is Suzuka”. Yamamoto added that what Honda has achieved at this stage of the season is “quite in accordance with my plan, what I had hoped”. “There is not much we could do more than this,” he said. “What we’ve kept saying is we wanted to exceed last year’s Red Bull result. “We didn’t say we want to win five races but we want to exceed the points Red Bull scored last year and maybe five wins is possible.” Honda needs three more wins and nine more podiums with Red Bull to beat the team’s 2018 record with Renault, but is on course to beat its points tally despite a performance disparity between the team’s 2019 drivers. Pierre Gasly has struggled in his first year with the Red Bull senior team and will be replaced by Alex Albon from the Belgian Grand Prix, but Verstappen’s impressive campaign means Red Bull has 21 more points with Honda than it did at the same stage with Renault. Verstappen has 181 points with Honda power compared to 105 points at the same point in 2018. Even Daniel Ricciardo, who was Red Bull’s lead driver in the championship heading into the summer break, only had 118 points. Yamamoto moved into a new F1-specific role for this season after previously being head of Honda’s motorsport division, in order to give the project dedicated focus as Honda prepared for a major opportunity with Red Bull. His faith in Honda’s ongoing participation has been increased following the two victories, after triggering a strong public response in addition to being well-received in the company. “I think it’s going to encourage us for continuation,” said Yamamoto. “Honda and generally in society [in Japan] are in a very good mood that Honda has won. I think it’s going to be very good for us.” “It’s very difficult to clarify at this moment about the timing. It’s true we’re discussing it within the company. But we can’t really say when we can announce it, at the moment.”
  7. Verdict: Why Raikkonen is exceeding expectations at Alfa Romeo Kimi Raikkonen is enjoying a strong 2019 Formula 1 season with Alfa Romeo squad, previously known as Sauber, with which the 2007 world champion made his 2001 grand prix debut. In this video, Edd Straw and Scott Mitchell join Glenn Freeman to assess Raikkonen’s switch back to his old team and explain why he is performing so well. Raikkonen currently has 31 points in eighth place in the 2019 standings compared to team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi’s one point in 18th place, which reflects the 2007 world champion’s ability to lead a team trying to move up the grid.
  8. The Lawless High Seas May Soon Gain Protections Under A Groundbreaking Ocean Treaty THE SARGASSO SEA — Ana Paula, the Esperanza’s officer in charge of the crew and equipment, readies the great white crane to drop the manta trawl into the Sargasso Sea. The trawl’s yellow wings and nearly 3 metre long mesh net that give it the appearance of a manta ray, its namesake, stretch out alongside the Esperanza, a 425-ton ship owned by Greenpeace that has spent the last five months traversing the open seas. The sky over this corner of the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda is a little grey and the water’s a little rough, but the conditions are safe enough for the ship’s crew to let the trawl glide through the ocean this summer afternoon. The manta trawl has one mission: to collect microplastic. When the crew brings it back on board after one hour, its little capsule that collects rubbish is full. White, blue, and black tiny bits and pieces of plastic, some as little as 5 millimetres across, fill the filter. But another colour stands out, too: golden yellow. The manta trawl caught bundles of sargassum seaweed along with the plastics. This seaweed is what the Sargasso Sea is named after, and it provides unique habitat and food for hundreds of creatures, including tiny shrimp and endangered sea turtles. It’s an essential part of the ecosystem and it’s, in part, what these researchers have ventured out on the high seas to study. There’s a lot scientists don’t know about this seaweed or about the Sargasso Sea, in general. A team of University of Florida scientists, for example, were on the trip to research how much the sargassum heats up compared to the rest of the ocean. They think it might serve as an incubator to help baby turtles grow, and they’re curious about how climate change could affect that dynamic. Gathering more data — the concentration of microplastics, the role sargassum plays in helping endangered species develop, what animals swim through these warm waters — can help secure protections for the Sargasso Sea, as well as the rest of the world’s oceans. In fact, academics and activists such as Greenpeace have come together to propose a Global Ocean Treaty under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Only 1 per cent of the world’s oceans are currently protected. The treaty is calling for world leaders to raise that to 30 per cent by 2030, a number many scientists and groups, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature, have agreed on is necessary to keep biodiversity and fish populations healthy. The high seas — which make up 63 per cent of the world’s oceans area but aren’t owned or managed by any single country — are particularly in need of protection. That’s the whole reason a team of scientists and activists have hit the high seas. Some people brave the open ocean for the glam and the ‘Gram, but others deal with the incessant sea sickness, sweat-inducing cabins, and months away from family to save the planet. After a day of rain showers and rough waters, the sky clears up enough for a research excursion off the Esperanza. Several crew members are waiting for me, marine biologist Celia Ojeda, and others in the wet room, where they keep the life vests. Here, crew members crank some wheels and open a watertight door to the open ocean below. A black inflatable motorboat nicknamed Rhino is revving loudly and pushing up against the ship’s green hull. Ojeda, who handles the microplastics research for Greenpeace Spain, prepares to board Rhino with a quick glance at the captain for the go-ahead. Her short brown hair tied back out of her face, she quickly climbs down a rope and ladder and, with a final thud, lands in the boat. The rest of us follow behind, me much less gracefully. With that, we’re off for about an hour on the Sargasso Sea to take eDNA samples. Since the Esperanza set sail, the crew has seen pilot whales, a tiny octopus and flying fish. The team can only imagine what other wildlife has been swimming beneath them throughout their trip. The eDNA sampling should give them some answers, helping them identify the vertebrates that have passed through the waters over the past 48 hours. With gloves on the entire time, Ojeda attaches some hoses to a machine that she’ll run for a half-hour. The hose pumps in ocean water, which pulses through the hose, and runs into some small cylinder-shaped glass containers to analyse after the expedition. As we inch closer to the 30-minute mark, the captain lets us know: “20 minutes!” “10 minutes!” When we’re down to just seconds, he shouts, “5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1!” What Ojeda and her colleagues find can hopefully convince some of the world’s leaders that the high seas are worth protecting and with a quickness. The world’s oceans face a multitude of threats, many of which get worse with each passing year. There’s climate change, which is driving up ocean temperatures globally. By 2100, temperatures may rise by up to more than 13 degrees Celsius. As oceans warm up, so does key habitat for the animals that live there. Corals, for instance, are already suffering from marine heat waves. The oceans also absorb carbon dioxide, which makes the waters more acidic and uninhabitable for shellfish whose shells dissolve at these levels of acidity. The sargassum frog fish. Then there are all the other human activities from mining to fishing to pollution, which the high seas are uniquely vulnerable to. The high seas are legally defined as waters that don’t fall under any single nation’s exclusive economic zone. That means they technically belong to everyone. It also means they’re hard to protect against activities like fishing or mining because they’re beyond any single nation’s jurisdiction, explained Porter Hoagland, a senior research specialist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “Historically, the high seas have been open to a wide array of uses,” he told Gizmodo. “There’s a notion of the freedom of the high seas, and with modern technology — including the ability to get out and use the ocean in those areas, as well as the ability to monitor and enforce — it’s now become increasingly, but not completely, more practical to think about conserving those areas.” Making the case for conservation is never simple. That’s especially the case for the high seas because scientists haven’t focused their research efforts here historically. Quite frankly the oceans, in general, are still largely a mystery. More than 80 per cent of the world’s oceans remain unmapped, unexplored, or unobserved. Without the data or science to show the need for protection, advocates have had a tough time making the case to save it. Yet if oceans aren’t protected, we risk losing a multitude of species forever, including ones we have yet to even discover. “It’s not possible to think about conservation or think about managing an area or to even know whether an area warrants conservation without some scientific understanding of it,” said Hoagland. “The science is never complete, but we can’t do anything if we don’t know anything about an area.” The sargassum seaweed makes the Sargasso Sea a particularly unique ecosystem to explore. This sea, in particular, has always been a mystery, sitting along the Bermuda Triangle whose stories of lost sailors and pirates stretch back beyond our time. Now, scientists are trying to demystify it. And they’re finding that despite being far from shore, it’s no oceanic desert. But they’re also finding a shocking amount of pollution intruding on this special place. Ojeda and Shane Antonition, a research assistant at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo, piece through the microplastic that the manta trawl has collected. This alone can take up to seven hours sometimes. They use silver tweezers to separate the microplastics from the sargassum, whose roots are like tiny nets. The swaths of sargassum seaweed seem like they can trap nearly anything from a sargassum frogfish that blends almost perfectly with the seaweed to a piece of plastic twine that stands out dramatically. That’s, in part, what this Greenpeace expedition has been about. In the Sargasso, for instance, it’s clear macro and microplastics have infiltrated the ecosystem. The Sargasso Sea sits within the Northern Atlantic Subtropical Gyre, so the ocean currents that surround the body of water bring in ample amounts of plastic detritus. One sample from the manta trawl turned up 1,298 fragments of microplastic, which is higher than levels found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the poster child of ocean plastic pollution. Ojeda can’t help but feel worried every time she has to pull these pieces out of the seaweed, which she and Antonition throw back into the ocean when they’re done. This time, the seaweed is plastic-free and safer for wildlife. “Ten years ago, we were used to seeing images of turtles trapped in plastic or trapped in nets,” Ojeda tells me in her air-conditioned lab on the ship. “The problem now is bigger because the plastic that is in [the ocean] is not seen, so it’s not perceptible for everyone, but it’s causing a lot of damage.” The method scientists use to sort the microplastics to properly count them. This research is essential to securing this international treaty. The team of scientists wants to show how extraordinary the Sargasso Sea is — with its golden rainforest, another name for the giant sargassum mats that allow life to flourish in the middle of the ocean. Really, they want to show how valuable all the oceans are and why a Global Ocean Treaty could save them. No environmental legal protections cover the high seas. This treaty is the first and only option currently, and there’s really no other alternative if it fails, Fabienne McLellan, the director of international relations for Swiss conservation group OceanCare, told Gizmodo. This treaty didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s been some 15 years in the making. Now, a draft text finally exists, and world leaders are meeting at the United Nations (UN) in New York until the end of August to talk about every word, sentence, and paragraph until they can get it right. “This opportunity we have right now is absolutely unique. It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, really
,” McLellan said. “If we fail and we don’t get this treaty, there really are no other alternatives to protecting the high sea, so it’s very tense, but we are very positive and hopeful that we will achieve this.” The Global Ocean Treaty covers four specific areas: marine genetic resources (which includes the process countries will follow to share any information or resources gathered from the high seas), environmental impact assessments, area-based management tools (such marine protected areas) and capacity building (which will lay out how countries implement and enforce the treaty). All the negotiating will focus on these four points, McLellan explained. While that can be limiting in what the treaty covers, it does keep the process grounded. Otherwise, McLellan joked officials may be sitting around negotiating for another 30 years. Still, the process has taken a while. That’s because folks are literally starting from scratch, said Arlo Hemphill, a senior oceans campaigner with Greenpeace USA. As Hemphill explained to Gizmodo, the UN is also big on getting everyone on the same page, and that takes time. Like 15 years’ worth of time. There’s finally enough consensus to get the show on the road. Negotiators are working to finalise treaty language by April 2020. But even if they finish the text, it may still take months after that to get governments to sign off so don’t go celebrating just yet. The last round of deliberations is set to end by next April, but no one I spoke to imagines that will be the final set of talks. The treaty will likely need more time. Norway, Russia, and South Korea have been most reluctant to sign onto the treaty, Hemphill said. He suspects large-scale commercial fisheries may not be excited about it either. Any industry that could benefit from keeping business as usual — be it the commercial fishing industry or oil and gas giants — is likely to rage against the treaty. Lots of extraction potential remains in the high seas, and what kind of company will just give that up? A pair of triggerfish find shelter beneath some plastic near sargassum. If the treaty can succeed, however, in requiring environmental impact assessments to keep harmful projects out of fragile ecosystems, that’s a major win. Still, that’s a major if. Even if the treaty does succeed, the possibility always remains that nothing will come from it. Look at the Paris Agreement, for instance. It went into force in 2016, yet countries are still moving slowly (if at all) to put forth regulations to meet the climate goals the international agreement lays out. McLellan said that the Global Ocean Treaty currently contains language to make it legally binding, but the text remains a draft for now. Still, you only need to spend just a couple days out at sea to notice the way humans are forever impacting it. And really you need just a single cotton candy sunset along the Atlantic Ocean’s horizon to realise that this piece of our planet is worth saving. Though there’s much we cannot see because it sits outside the realm of direct human exploration, it also still deserves to be saved. For without proper protection, this black, deep sea may remain that way, lost to us forever.
  9. Head to head: How 2019's F1 team mates compare at the summer break Twelve races down, and we have all the numbers to compare how 2019's team mates are faring against each other so far - in qualifying, races, points, DNFs and much more. Mercedes As you can see above, there’s a clear gulf between Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in the table, the 62-point gap showing Hamilton’s head-to-head domination this season. Bottas, however, has held his ground in qualifying, taking as many poles as Hamilton, and only narrowly losing the qualifying battle 7-5. Furthermore, both Mercedes drivers have two fastest laps each and Hamilton has just edged ahead on podiums with 10 to Bottas’s nine. But the points don’t lie, and Hamilton has out-raced Bottas 9-3 this season. Under pressure with Esteban Ocon watching on from the sidelines, Bottas will be eager to claw his way back after the summer break. Ferrari There’s little to separate Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, the young Monegasque leading the experienced German 2-1 in fastest laps and pole positions. Vettel, however, has six podiums to Leclerc’s five, scoring points in all but one race – the British Grand Prix – while Leclerc retired from Germany and his home race, Monaco. Expect this battle to continue in similarly close fashion over the next nine races. Red Bull Max Verstappen is having a superlative season, striving to make it five wins for Red Bull in 2019, having already taken two, plus his first career pole in Hungary. The step up to Red Bull hasn’t been easy for Pierre Gasly, however, and it coincides with Verstappen’s strongest season yet in terms of points; the pair have the biggest points gap out of any two drivers on the grid. Gasly has now been demoted to Toro Rosso, giving Alexander Albon nine races to find his feet at Red Bull. McLaren It’s no wonder McLaren were so quick to retain Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris for 2020, the pair having contributed 82 points up until the summer break – more than McLaren scored for the whole of last season. But it’s Sainz who’s out-raced his rookie team mate with eight points finishes compared to Norris’s five, his haul of 58 points the Spaniard’s highest season total to date. Sainz has made himself a hot property at McLaren, and Norris has followed suit. Toro Rosso On his way to Red Bull to contest the next nine races, rookie Alexander Albon has been a match for seasoned team mate Daniil Kvyat in qualifying, but the points standings are leaning in Kvyat's favour 27-16 thanks to his podium in Germany. Kvyat's return to F1 after a turbulent couple of years at Toro Rosso in 2016 and '17 has produced much more assured performances. It's worth noting that while he hasn't been recalled to Red Bull just yet, Kvyat isn't out of the running. The team are merely evaluating how Albon performs in the second half of 2019. Renault While Daniel Ricciardo hasn’t had the spectacular move to Renault that he might have hoped for, he has quietly bested his ever-reliable new team mate Nico Hulkenberg. With nine races remaining, Ricciardo has almost sealed the qualifying battle as he leads it 8-4, the Australian also 11th in the standings while Hulkenberg is 14th, behind Lance Stroll and Kevin Magnussen. However, the team mate battle is far from settled here when it comes to the racing: Hulkenberg has every chance of making up the numbers in the next nine races. Alfa Romeo It’s been a rude introduction to a full-time race seat for Antonio Giovinazzi, up against the Iceman in his first season. Former champion Kimi Raikkonen is dominating here against the Italian rookie, showing just how much experience counts in this sport. And then, of course, there’s the small matter of Raikkonen’s undeniable talent, as he’s out-qualified Giovinazzi 8-4, out-raced him 11-1 and claimed 31 of the team’s 32 points so far. Racing Point A lack of Q3 appearances underlines just how far behind Sergio Perez team mate Lance Stroll is, the Canadian losing the qualifying battle 11-1. While Perez has out-raced him 8-4 so far, Stroll is ahead on points thanks to a bumper haul in Germany, his fourth-place finish adding 12 to his total and evening out the head-to-head numbers a bit. It may seem that Stroll is a less consistent points scorer, but he's done so in four races this season while Perez has scored points on just three occasions, the last in Azerbaijan. Haas A glaring six DNFs for Romain Grosjean, compared to his team mate’s single failure to finish, explains how the Frenchman is 10 points behind the Dane at this stage. He’s been narrowly out-qualified by Magnussen and out-raced by him, but Grosjean is making a significant contribution to the team, using the Melbourne-spec car for the past few races in an effort to find out where Haas are struggling in the upgrade department. Williams Robert Kubica’s inspiring comeback to Formula 1 hasn’t lived up to the expectations of many, while rookie George Russell has made an immediate impact at the team, out-racing and out-qualifying the Polish driver 11-1 and 12-0 respectively. That means the qualifying head-to-head is Russell’s already. The only anomaly here is that Kubica has scored more than Russell, his P10 finish in Germany yielding the team’s only point. It’s clear that this season hasn’t reflected Kubica’s past form, nor is it a continuation of his blistering pace from 2006-10. Russell, on the other hand, couldn’t have made a better first impression in F1, given the machinery at his disposal.
  10. Hamilton and Brundle drive the Mercedes W196 Reigning five-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton and former F1 driver turned commentator Martin Brundle take the legendary Mercedes W196 for a spin around Silverstone.
  11. NASA Mission To Visit Jupiter's Moon Europa Moves To Final Construction Phase A mission to sample Jupiter’s moon Europa for signs of life will move into its final design and construction phase, according to a NASA announcement. Scientists have long wondered whether the ice-covered moon could harbour life in a subsurface liquid water ocean. NASA has committed to a launch readiness date in 2025, though the mission could be ready as soon as 2023. Europa is one of Jupiter’s many moons, around the size of Earth’s Moon. Planetary scientists have paid lots of attention to it because it is believed to have a subsurface ocean, and of course, water’s presence is an important ingredient for life, at least as we know it here on Earth. A mission to fly by the planet and grab sample materials could provide evidence as to what mysteries the planet’s ocean holds. A Europa clipper mission would orbit Jupiter and repeatedly fly close to Europa, measuring it with a suite of nine instruments, including cameras, a radar, a magnetic field-sensing instrument, a heat measuring device, and a mass spectrometer to measure what kinds of matter the moon ejects into space. Scientists operating the Hubble Space Telescope have already spotted evidence of Europa spewing a plume of water vapour, and last year, scientists realised that the Galileo Jupiter Orbiter might have flown right through one of those plumes. Perhaps those plumes have even deposited evidence of life, like amino acids, on Europa’s surface. The “confirmation” is part of NASA’s project management plan, which divides missions into phases separated by independent reviews. This decision moves the project from its preliminary design phase to its final design and construction phase, after which another review would move it to the system assembly, test, and launch phase. A Europa-exploring mission has been on scientists minds’ for decades. The most recent mission has likely benefitted from the advocacy of recently unseated congressman John Culberson, a Republican from Texas’ 7th congressional district. A lander to Europa’s surface was scheduled to follow closely on the Clipper’s heels, but plans for it have been delayed until no earlier than 2030, Science reported. This most recent announcement is an exciting step forward for those wondering whether there’s extraterrestrial life here in our own solar system. Let’s hope it gets off the ground.
  12. Bugatti’s Centodieci Is A $9M 1,600HP EB110 Hypercar Tribute The French car manufacturer always focuses on immense power and bold design when it comes to their gorgeous speed demons. And every time we think they can’t top their previous monstrous hypercar, they prove us wrong in spectacular fashion. The Bugatti Centodieci Hyper Sports Car is yet another incredible vehicle from the revered company that has us drooling without shame. Paying tribute to the ‘90s EB110, the Centodieci looks like a modern version of the classic, including a back wing that’s attached to the body, which is adjustable for your desired angle, and a transparent glass surface to display the engine. At the heart of this beautiful beast lies a 1,600-horsepower W16 engine with four turbochargers. This allows the Centodieci to rocket from 0 to 62 mph in 2.4 seconds. It also has flying taillights with high LED graphics, stacked matte black tailpipes, and a laminar flow-optimized rear window. There will be ten examples available, and each is reported to go for $8.9 million. Deliveries for the hyper sports car will commence in 2021.
  13. This All-In-One Retro Gaming Console Honors The Famicom Love Hulten has made a huge impact on the world of gaming with their series of retro-inspired systems and consoles — each more beautiful than the last. But this time, they’ve come out with something exceedingly special: an all-in-one tribute to Nintendo’s first system that uses genuine vintage parts. Called the FC-PVM, the core of this system is a genuine, original Japanese Famicom console mated to a 9″ Sony Trinitron PVM-9042QM monitor. But it doesn’t stop there; the brand also took the original controllers and turned them into wireless ones that can actually hideaway inside the system when they’re not in use. To further the all-in-one design, the top even has slots for up to 8 different game cartridges — meaning it can store up to nine at a time. As far as we can tell, this one-of-a-kind throwback unit isn’t for sale, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be in the near future — especially if there’s enough interest in the project.
  14. Marvel Studios No Longer Involved In Spider-Man Movies In a shocking turn of events, Marvel Studios will no longer be involved with the production of Spider-Man movies. After Sony tried (and failed) to launch their own Spider-Man shared universe with the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, the studio struck an unprecedented deal with Marvel Studios, which allowed Peter Parker to become part of the highly-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland made his debut as the wall-crawler in 2016's Captain America: Civil War and went on to reprise the role four more times, including a pair of successful standalone films. Holland's most recent turn was in July's Spider-Man: Far From Home, which earned widespread critical praise and recently became Sony's highest-grossing film of all-time at the box office. With the Spider-Man film franchise more fruitful than ever within the friendly confines of the MCU and a third film poised to jump off Far From Home's stunning post-credits scenes, it seemed like the partnership between Sony and Marvel would thrive for years to come. But that assumption would apparently be wrong. According to Deadline, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige will no longer produce Spider-Man movies. This comes after the two sides failed to reach an agreement that would have given Marvel "a co-financing stake moving forward." According to their report, Sony rejected an offer from Disney that would have seen a "50/50 co-financing arrangement between the studios." Instead, Sony was hoping to simply continue the terms of the initial agreement, but Disney passed on that. Director Jon Watts and Holland remain in place for two more solo Spider-Man movies, which will be overseen by Sony's Amy Pascal. Per Variety, however, it's possible Sony and Marvel could reach a new Spider-Man deal. This means that unless the two parties reconvene and iron out new terms, Spider-Man is out of the MCU. After Far From Home made over $1 billion globally, there will most assuredly be more Spider-Man movies, but they'll happen without the MCU connections and crossovers that fans love. On the surface, this is a big blow since a key component of this Peter Parker was his relationship with Tony Stark and Far From Home explored his dynamic with Happy Hogan. Now, this aspect of the films is gone, and the creative team will need to find ways to write around it. Watts and company will be able to come up with something, but it remains to be seen if it's a satisfying explanation for viewers. Fans were excited to see Spider-Man and related characters (like J. Jonah Jameson) continue to be a part of the larger MCU sandbox. Even without Spider-Man at their disposal, Marvel Studios has a bevy of characters that can carry the franchise through Phase 4 and beyond. Black Panther and Captain Marvel headlined $1 billion solo films of their own. Thor's standalone series is continuing with Love and Thunder, and Marvel always has new heroes to introduce. Still, Spider-Man is arguably Marvel's most popular character and was set up to be a key figure on a New Avengers roster moving forward. Abruptly, those plans must change, and it'll be interesting to see where both sides go from here. Sadly, just as Disney/Marvel gains the ability to use X-Men and Fantastic Four, they watch Spider-Man head off on his own again.
  15. First Trailer for Scott Cooper’s ‘Antlers’ Brings Nick Antosca’s Creepy Short Story to Life Director Scott Cooper has tackled gritty crime dramas, Western adventures, and even a romantic musical drama in his ten years at the helm; Antlers will mark his first all-out horror film. And as the first trailer for the film shows, it might not be his last. The creepy “horror in the hills” vibe is strong here thanks to Cooper’s cinematically trained eye and Nick Antosca‘s thoroughly creepified source material, though having Guillermo del Toro on the film’s production team likely has a little something to do with the aesthetic, too. Cooper directs from a screenplay by C. Henry Chaisson & Antosca and Cooper himself, based on Antosca’s short story, “The Quiet Boy”; you can read that story here if you can’t wait for Antlers. Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, JT Corbitt, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan star, and the producer team includes del Toro, David Goyer, and J. Miles Dale. Antlers arrives in theaters sometime next year … we hope. Thankfully, the Fox Searchlight picture appears to be one of the existing titles that new owner Disney will allow to see the light of day, but things may change between now and then.

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