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Hit the mute button: why everyone is trying to silence the outside world

Uber is trialling a feature that allows customers to stop their drivers from talking. But theres growing evidence that cutting ourselves off like this isnt healthy The mute button was invented in 1956 by Robert Adler, an Austrian-born engineer working for the Zenith Radio Corporation in Chicago. It was one of the four buttons on …

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‘I wouldn’t be the status of refugees, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo constructed me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10 -year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri determined it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and …

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Obese couples could be risking health of future infants, studies say

Diet and lifestyle during the pre-conception period can profoundly affect the childs growth, researchers find Couples who are obese, as well as those who smoke and beverage alcohol, could be risking the health of their future infants, say experts who are calling for far more awareness of the effects of modern lifestyles on newborns in …

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‘ Cannabis oasis ‘: Los Angeles cafe first in the US to offer dine-and-dab service

Entrepreneurs behind Lowell Cafe find the business as a major turning point toward the end of prohibition in America In some parts of America, hundreds of thousands of people are arrested each year for marijuana. In West Hollywood, it’s on the dinner menu. Lowell Cafe, opening next month in Los Angeles, is the country’s first …

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The unstoppable rise of veganism: how a fringe motion went mainstream

Health, climate change, animal welfare … whats driving more people and brands to embrace a plant-based lifestyle? We investigate, and, below, four vegans explain their choice Late on a Thursday afternoon in early March, only off Brick Lane in the heart of London’s nightlife hotspot Shoreditch, 23 -year-old Louisa Davidson is taking calls and co-ordinating …

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Modern myths about cancer- from’ chemicals’ in food to wifi

The idea that lifestyle changes have constructed the disease more common is a gross exaggeration but increasingly prevalent. We separate fact from fiction Cancer is not up there with the most likely explains for what caused the mass extinction 66 m years ago of the T rex and the triceratops. That said, at least one …

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It’s time to talk about the menopause … and freedom at last | Eva Wiseman

An equalling out of sex hormones, a womans chance to explore her person-ness, the falling away of vanity Eva detects a gleaming glamour The menopause comes ,” says Kristin Scott Thomas’s character in Fleabag ,” and it is the most wonderful fucking thing in the world .” Despite a “crumbling” pelvic floor and a number …

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100 m bacteria a day keep the doctor away, apple research suggests

Study detects organic apples have more diverse and balanced bacterial community The impact of an apple a day in keeping the doctor away may be partly down to the beneficial bacteria it carries and their subsequent colonisation of your intestine, according to scientists. A study has found that a typical apple carries more than 100 …

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Obese couples could be risking health of future infants, studies say

Diet and lifestyle during the pre-conception period can profoundly affect the childs growth, researchers find Couples who are obese, as well as those who smoke and drink alcohol, could be risking the health of their future infants, say experts who are calling for far more awareness of the effects of modern lifestyles on newborns in …

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