Save The Bees

Are you a coffee lover? If so I have some bad news for you. A research team modeled Latin America, specifically where coffee is grown. The team studied the area under several global warming scenarios found it could be problematic in the future for coffee and bees in Latin America.

“The team consisted of experts from the Smithsonian in Panama; the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Vietnam; the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in Costa Rica; Conservation International and the University of Vermont in the U.S.; CIRAD in France; and CIFOR in Peru.” -ScienceDaily.com

With all the different scenes played out only about five species of bees survived, in coffee suitable areas. With only 10 species surviving.

With huge chunks of land no longer suitable for coffee, it forced experts to look for alternatives. By switching crops or production system where bees are predicted to have a decrease in.  Some of the strategies may help increase bee habits as well as helping to keep native bees around. Lots of different coffee types grow in large trees with plenty of shade, so that way it can lure in a specific bees.

Although intense studies were factored, one thing they didn’t think about was Africanized Honey Bees. They were accidentally released in Brazil in 1957. Where many natives thought that they would destroy anything in their sight and damage the ecosystem. But they were wrong;, Africanized Honey Bees worked just as hard fertilizing the local plants. Which made more pollen and nature to the native bees.

“Africanized honey bees in the Western Hemisphere both regulate their nest temperature and their own body temperature using water” “When the climate is hotter — unless it’s too dry — they’re better adapted to endure climate change and pollinate coffee — an African plant” stated by  David Roubik a entomologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute .

Even with climate change making it harder to produce coffee, it still very well may be possible for coffee producers making coffee.

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UK citizen serves two years for DDos attacks

The United Kingdom has had enough. Making an example of notorious hacker they are giving a man two years for a DDos attack, and making an example of him for future offenders

Adam Mudd a citizen living in the united kingdom has been charged on three counts, of  computer of misuse. He was reportedly using a service called Titanium Stresser which is a service where people pay for DDos attacks. Which is a service where people pay to “hack” servers and or people. In simple terms a DDos attack is when someone or a large group of people, send massive massive traffic to a site in hopes to crash the servers that are being used. These attacks were made on some pretty big names such as MineCraft, RuneScape, and Microsoft Xbox Live services.

According to the prosecutor he built the Titanium Stresser, when he was around 15 years old. Since then estimately he has 1.7 million people use his service and earning more than $300,000. With about 53,000 being native to the UK. Adam went on later to confirm while he was studying computer science in his college, he breached his school’s security.

From how he manage to get so many users it turns out he was very flexible with payments. You could pay in bulk with $309.99 or 30,000 over the course of five years. He even had a refer a friend scheme to help pay for his service.

According to the records he didn’t live the high life at all, matter of fact it was simple the way he lived. When he got arrested he was sitting in his room on his computer and refused to unlock it, until his father got involved.

Mudd pled guilty to a number of charges. One count of doing unauthorized acts on computers, concealing criminal property, and supplying and offering an article for use in an offense contrary to the Computer Misuse Act.

His lawyer is defending him by saying he’s so out of touch with the real world, spending most of his time online. Due to him being bullied and mistreated at school he lost touch of what his actions could do. Trying so hard to gain friends via online gaming.

 

Tesla Price Drop

Ever wanted to buy a Tesla but couldn’t because of its high end price? Well todays that day! They have recently dropped the base price for it’s model. The 75&75D have both been cut by $5,000 and $3,000 while the model S an X has been cut by $2,000. So Tesla is now that the affordable price of $69,500 so now would be the best time to buy one.

Cutting prices wouldn’t be the only thing that’s they’re doing. Such as Glass Roofs, Power LiftGate, High-Speed charger. So Tesla isn’t slowing down anytime soon. It’s seems like they’re trying to make it more affordable for the common man, making it more easier to attain one. With the model X it’s going to come with an 20inch with a 500$ upgrade for the second row console. With all these price drops and modifications the Model S is going to be discontinued. It’s going to be starting at 66,000$ while they last.

But not everything is getting a price cut, matter of fact some are getting more expensive. So it’s a very give take. The Model 100D is sky rocketing by 5,000. While Model s is 1,000 due to it being discontinuing. Even though the Model X is going to have some upgrades it’s getting a price increase with of 9,500.

Even though the S&X are changing in price there will be no significant changes to either.


Here’s the lineup in case you’re in the market for one:

Model S:

75:69,000

75D:74,00

90D:87,500

100D:97,500 beginning April 24

P100DL:140,000 beginning April 24

Model X:

75D:82,000

90D:93,500

100D:99,500 beginning April 24

P100DL:145,000 beginning  April 24

Watch Nuclear Explosions on YouTube

Ever wondered how scary and or beautiful a nuclear bomb would look like? Well look no further because Youtube now has some declassified nuke testings! The United States conducted around 216 atmospheric test from 1945 and 1992, most taking place in Nevada and in the Pacific. These classified videos have now been declassified for everyone to watch in its horrific glory.

 

Greg Spriggs, a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and his college Jim Moye, a film expert, are looking to preserve these tapes. They’ve estimated to have found around 6,500 out of 10,000 tapes, but have only looked over  around 4,200 and analyzed around 500. But today the laboratory has declassified around 64 videos that are on Youtube.

 

Springs strongly believes that its going to take him another two years to scan all the tapes. Declassifying them will take even longer, since they need the military’s approval to do so. In doing so they hope that releasing these videos will lead to further knowledge on nuclear explosions and lead to greater achievements. Springs stated “By looking at these films, we found a lot of different pieces of information that had not been analyzed back in the 50’s, and we’re discovering new things about these detonations that have never been seen before.”

 

The reason for having all of these nuclear footage mostly dates back to the cold war era. When tensions between the United States and the USSR were at all time high. It was a competition to see how could build the biggest and baddest nuclear missile faster. Throughout the course of all this around 72,000 nuclear missile were made.

Russia Preps it’s First Manned Lunar Moon Landing

So Russia is finally getting into the space game once again after being quiet for some time.Russia’s space agency Roscomos is taking its first steps in achieving its first manned lunar landing. They’ve started to recruit people to be potential cosmonauts. They’re looking for about six to eight people who have worked in engineering or aviation or any experience with the space industry. Roscomos is going to be putting all trainees through many stages such as psychological, physical, and medical. All of these test will go on until only four remain. Those who are around will be part of landing the first manned lunar on the moon. Russia has even named the spacecraft Federatsiya, which has a year to be launched in 2031.

 

“There will be no discrimination based on skin color or gender” said by the executive director. Applications will be open for the next four months as well, so if you want to go space sign up now. Now to pilot such an advance ship there only looking for the best.  To fly it you must be at least 35 with a minimum height of 4’11 and a max of 6’2, also can’t weigh over 199 pounds. The pilot must have some knowledge in IT skills and have a engineering degree or ploit training in aviation or space industry.

 

With such a high demand in fitness all the men must be able to perform a cross country ski for 5km.  There going to undergo intense training and including gynecological exams for the women. To insure everyone is in top physical shape.

 

Russia currently has about 30 cosmonauts, but about 14 who has not been to space. With the oldest being 58 years old Gennady Padalka. Who holds the world record for total time spent in space. You can only apply online or in person in Star City astronaut training centre outside moscow

New York City V.S. Verizon

The City of New York is suing Verizon for failure of providing Fios service to every household. They have sued for not completing certain requirements such as fiber to pass all residents in the city by mid 2014, as well not completing certain installments according to officials.

To no one’s surprise Verizon isn’t to happy about all of this. A spokesperson talking to Technica claims that they have met the terms and agreement to it’s fullest capacity. They are calling on to the Mayor to help them b/c certain landlords restrict them from installing fiber internet in their homes. They have proposed to invest an extra billion dollars to New York city to help appease everyone, but it’s only made things more complicated.

Verizon’s main focus revolve around the way they interpret the term “Pass”. They claim that there was never a firm definition of the words usage in 2008. But NYC government is using a completely different meaning with the word “Pass” that was being used 9 years ago. Verizon believed it to be meant running fiber network routes for older phone lines. Not a literal effort for everyone in the city. To run fiber they need a much faster router that’s capable of it. But the lawsuit in 2008 states that fiber would be available for everyone in a statement “past all of the residence locations in the city”. So it’s coming down to the fine print. As well people interpreting it.

Verizon does have a few stronger arguments against the city. One of the strongest being landlords not letting allowing them install fiber. As well as the city failing to provide a “Competitively-Neutral” letter to give to landlords. When they are denied the right to install Fiber internet.  Also due to the high number of people who want Fios, but can’t get it b/c of their location. However there is some evidence that suggest maybe they aren’t telling the full story.  NYC has attacked them in the past focusing them to bulk up service or even exclusive agreements. Currently the lawsuit is anyone’s game and could go in either way.

Trumps Policy on Transgender Restrooms

President Trumps administrations made an announcement on Wednesday Feb 22nd 2017, that’s getting the LGBTQ community very concerned. Removing Obama’s transgender restroom law for public schools and leaving it up to the states to decide. It’s no longer a federal law to allow trans students to use whatever restroom they feel more comfortable with.

For Trans students in California have nothing to fear. We have some of the most strongest protection laws when it comes to protecting transgender students. But many are fearing for those who live in more conservative areas. Many of these already live in fear because they’re afraid of what others will think or say about them. Because of the constant fear they live in they have the highest suicide attempt rate according to vocativ.com it’s 41%.

Trumps even created a rift amongst his staff on this order. The Education secretary Betsy Devos was very vocal about being against this law fearing the potential harm it could cause in the future. With Attorney General Jeff Sessions whose has a long history of being conservative. He’s already causing feuds within his office in his first 100 days in office, so who knows how this will affect them.

The Los Angeles School Unified are very strong on bullying against the LGBTQ community. A matter of fact the rate of bullying amongst transgender students has not gone up at all. LA will still allow trans students to use whatever restroom they feel most comfortable with. Statement coming from Michelle King whose very committed to protecting trans students said “Transgender students in L.A. Unified will remain protected regardless of the new directive by the Trump administration pertaining to access to restrooms and locker rooms”.

Southern California for the most part is making a strong stand against trump and his latest act. So Transgender students have really nothing to fear here. L.A unified has stressed too if you feel like your rights are being violated, to please tell someone in authority so it can be resolved.

Link to Transgender suicide rate: http://www.vocativ.com/culture/lgbt/transgender-suicide/