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14 Янв 2021, 05:46
Байден заявил о спланированных атаках на Капитолий

Беспорядки на Капитолии были спланированы и координировались, заявил избранный президент США Джо Байден. При этом он считает, что их участников спровоцировал действующий президент Дональд Трамп.

«Это преступное нападение было спланированным и скоординированным. Его осуществили политические экстремисты и внутренние террористы, которых подстрекал к насилию президент Трамп», — говорится в заявлении Байдена.

Он также назвал беспорядки «вооруженным восстанием против США» и призвал привлечь виновных к ответственности.

Байден упомянул текущее обсуждение импичмента Трампу и выразил надежду на то, что сенат займется этим вопросом, не отвлекаясь от других срочных дел, касающихся страны.

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15 Янв 2021, 21:13

The International Space Station (ISS) is a 925,300-pound laboratory constructed of titanium, Kevlar and high-grade steel, but could the massive ship survive an impact of a single Cheeto Puff orbiting Earth?

The question was raised by a seven-year-old, which has sent Reddit into a debate that attracted aerospace engineers and a scientist who says they helped design the ISS.

One self-identified aerospace engineer says that even at impact velocities of some 33,000 miles per hour, the Cheeto Puff would vaporize into a cloud of plasma and may leave a dent – or 'a bit of an orange stain.'

However, another Redditor who claims to have been part of the ISS design team notes the potential damage depends on where the puff hits the ISS – at such speeds the tiny snack could knock out a few solar arrays.

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Astronauts aboard the ISS do worry about being hit by objects like space junk.

Last September, the massive ship was forced to make an emergency maneuver to avoid hitting a piece of a 2018 Japanese rocket.

NASA said 25 such events had occurred between 1999 and 2018 but so far in 2020 there have already been three.

However, it is safe to assume the ISS crew is not on the lookout for orbiting Cheetos, but a seven-year-old was and asked their parent for an answer.

'Would an orbiting Cheeto Puff destroy the International Space Station if the two of them directly collided? My 7yo daughter asked me, and I had no clue. I said probably,' reads the original Reddit post.

The thread has gained more than 238 comments since Thursday, but some of the most interesting come from users claiming to be experts in the field.

A user, who goes by Letter_13 and self-identifies as an aerospace engineer, gave a lengthy and scientific explanation to why they believe the Cheeto is no match for the ISS.

'The brittleness means that as the leading edge of the puff impacts a surface at those speeds, it immediately begins to fragment/vaporize—the puff has very low cohesion so it doesn't want to really remain together in a single shape, and only a little energy is needed to make it break apart,' reads Letter_13,'s post.

'As it breaks, some kinetic energy is imparted into what it's hitting, but a very large quantity of that kinetic energy is redirected to the sides, or at an angle (if it impacts in a non perpendicular way).'

The user also notes that space would ultimately weaken the puff and any destructive powers it may have had due to the idea that oil tends to boil off in a vacuum and vaporizes on its own.

'The cheeto puff would lose its (high) oil content, which in turn would significantly reduce the mass, in turn reducing the inertia (and at the same time decrease its density and increase its brittleness),' they added.

However, Redditor 'danielravennest' says they worked on the ISS design and the little snack could cause damage depending on where it hits.

They note the Cheeto could knock out a few solar cells upon impact if it struck the plastic backing of the solar arrays, which have been ripped apart in the past by other objects.

'At the typical impact velocities in orbit, objects are moving faster than the speed of sound and carry more kinetic energy than it takes to turn them into plasma,' danielravennest wrote.

'Critical areas of the ISS are protected by 'Meteor/Debris Shields' (Whipple Shields). These are sheet metal spaced away from the module hull, air tanks, etc. So on impact, the object and the part of the shield they hit are both turned to plasma, and sprays out in a cone. So the module hull isn't damaged unless it were a large object.'

15 Янв 2021, 07:14

Bindi Irwin has been criticised by cruel trolls after recreating a maternity photo originally posed for by her parents.

The 22-year-old pregnant wildlife conservationist shared a photo of her husband of 10 months, Chandler Powell, kissing her bare baby belly on Instagram on Friday.

She also included a comparison photo of herself and her late father, Steve Irwin, doing the same when her mother Terri when she pregnant with her brother, Robert.

'Recreating a very special moment. Third trimester love,' she captioned the sweet post, including a red love heart emoji.

But some critics took offence to the innocent photo, and attacked the expectant parents in the comments section.

'Nope. That's just wrong,' wrote one person, while another commented, 'This is becoming sick.'

Added a third: 'Kinda wish they'd stop this and start living their own lives... It's getting creepy.'

Most people were complimentary though, and thought it was the perfect way to pay touching tribute to Bindi's parents.

'Be right back, I'm crying now,' commented one fan, while another wrote, 'Oh my, what a lovely family and carrying on the sweetness'.

Bindi married Chandler, 24, in a surprise ceremony at Australia Zoo in Queensland in March last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

They announced they are expecting their first child together in August last year, before later revealing it's a girl.

'Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021. Chandler and I are proud to announce that we're expecting!' she wrote on Instagram at the time.

'It's an honour to share this special moment in our lives with you. Though I'm still in my first trimester, we really want you to be part of our journey from the beginning of this new life chapter.

'We couldn't wait to share the news as this beautiful little being has become the most important part of our lives. Your support means the world to us.'

15 Янв 2021, 21:15

She has established herself as a showbiz fashionista.

And 52-year-old Kelly Bensimon demonstrated her winning street style again while stepping out with a couple of friends in New York this week.

The former Real Housewives Of New York City star showed off her vertiginous legs in a pair of skintight off-white trousers.

She teamed the bottoms with a matching crop top that hinted at her still enviably sculpted midriff as she strutted her stuff down the sidewalk.

Letting her luxurious hair down, she warded off the wintertime chill with an off-white coat and balanced on a pair of black boots.

The smoldering star made sure to take the precaution of wearing a mask as she emerged from lockdown amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

She has two daughters - Sea Louise, 23, and Thadeus, 21 - by her older ex-husband, French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, 76.

Kelly was married to Gilles from 1997 until 2007 - two years before she began appearing on Bravo as a full-time Real Housewife.

She was wife number three for Gilles and bears a faint resemblance to his previous spouse, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue icon Elle Macpherson.

In 2009, when she was still a Real Housewife, Kelly told Gawker that her general motherhood tip was to 'just live every day like it's your last.'

Said she: 'It doesn't matter how much sleep you had or if you're wearing the same sweatpants from last week. Enjoy every single moment because life is so short.'

Since leaving her Bravo reality show Kelly has churned out two novels - A Dangerous Age in 2016 and The Second Course in 2017.

A few years ago she also broke into the realtor business and was forthright to Page Six about how her previous life has fed into her current gig.

'I’ve worked with so many people in so many capacities and the biggest takeaway from that is trust,' said the sizzling sensation.

'So when I branched out into other opportunities especially in the real estate market, people trust me,' Kelly added.

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