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We are discovering that sleep cycles have a lot of genetics and it is bad news for all those who want to improve it

Each person is a world, and that also affects how we sleep. There are those who sleep more and those who sleep less, and also people who get up early and people whose sheets stick. The latter are often the ones who suffer most trying to adapt to conventional schedules. Perhaps it is a lost fight, a defeat written in our own genes. (more…)
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Marcus Mumford: ‘I was sexually abused as a child’ | Mumford & Sons

Marcus Mumford, frontman of the band Mumford & Sons, has said that he was the victim of childhood sexual abuse.“Like lots of people – and I'm learning more and more about this as we go and as I play it to people – I was sexually abused as a child,” he told gq magazine. “Not by family and not in the church, which might be some people's assumption. But I hadn't told anyone about it for 30 years.”Mumford's parents were international leaders of the Vineyard Churches, a neocharismatic evangelical Christian denomination.Mumford said that his recently released debut solo single, Cannibal, reflected on experiences that took place when he was six years old.The lyrics to the first verse run:I can still taste you and I hate itThat wasn't a choice in the mind of a child and you knew itYou took th...
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8 Things That Make You Age Faster, According To Science

This is all you need to avoid if you want to age slower and last for many years. Aging is inevitable, but it is clear that not everyone ages at the same speed or in the same way, and that is why surrounding ourselves with good social welfare, an excellent diet and not having harmful vices for our health, are factors that help us not only to look younger, but also to last many more years. And it is that the daily habits we have and the decisions we make in our lives build and determine our health, and there are elements that we have to take into account such as alcohol, the sun, poor diet, stress or even the hours we sleep to alleviate aging.On one hand we have the alcoholgiven that drinking alcohol is not good for health, and a study by the University of Oxford, via The...
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Robin Vos, top Wisconsin lawmaker targeted by Trump, wins GOP primary

Robin Vos, the Republican speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly, narrowly survived a primary challenge on Tuesday after becoming the target of former President Donald Trump's ire, the Associated Press projected.As of 10:45 am ET on Wednesday, Vos' lead over Trump-backed challenger Adam Steen was less than 3 points. Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Vos in recent weeks after the Wisconsin Republican refused to overturn the 2020 election in his state.Vos, the longest-serving speaker in Wisconsin history, told The Associated Press after his victory that the win proved lawmakers "don't have to be a lapdog to whatever Donald Trump says."That Steen could even make the race as close as it was, only having been endorsed by Trump one week before primary day, showed Trump's influence — and that of ...
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FCDO ‘error’ reveals data on Afghan teacher in hiding from Taliban | Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

An Afghan teacher who has been in hiding with his wife and two children since the Taliban takeover last August has been told by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office that his personal details have been passed on to a member of the public “in error”.The data breach is the first known leak under the government's Afghan Citizens Resettlement Schemewhich prioritizes those who have assisted UK efforts in Afghanistan and vulnerable people, including members of minority groups.The man and his family are of a religious minority and speak limited Dari or Pashtu, having spent many years abroad.Those wishing to apply for transfer to the UK through the ACRS must complete an “expression of interest” form. The family's personal details from this form were leaked to another Afghan citizen,...
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Kenya elections: Raila Odinga and William Ruto in tight race for president | Kenyan

Kenya's veteran opposition politician Raila Odinga and the deputy president, William Ruto, are locked in a tight race for the country's highest office, according to early results from Tuesday's election.National media updates put Ruto in the lead, at roughly 52%, with Odinga a close second at 47%. The deputy president is performing better than polls had predicted, with a number having placed Odinga in both clear and marginal leads.Analysts say the race is still too early to call – with results in from only little more than a third of polling centres. To win the elections in the first round, the candidates would need to secure more than 50% of total votes cast, and at least 25% of votes from 24 of Kenya's 47 counties. If there is no outright winner, a run-off election would be held in...
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Trevor Noah on FBI raid: ‘I’m amazed Trump has time for all this crime’ | Late night TV roundup

Trevor NoahTrevor Noah marveled at a shocking development in one of the many investigations into former president Donald Trump: on Monday morning, FBI officials raided his private residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. “This raid, just so you know, has nothing to do with January 6, or tax fraud, or giving the White House plumber PTSD,” the Daily Show host explained on Tuesday evening. “Apparently, this investigation is about Trump taking classified documents from the White House.
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López Obrador’s energy reform, affected by the disappearance of the ten miners in Mexico

The agony continues exactly one week after the collapse of the 'Las Conchas' mine, located in the community of Agujita, municipality of Sabinas (Coahuila), with the ten miners trapped in an illegal coal exploitation abandoned more than 40 years ago. years when an adjoining wall full of water collapsed due to its proximity to the Sabinas River. Every hour that passes after three days the hope of finding them alive fadesalthough the miners in the area tell surprising stories of the discovery of survivors after more than eight days buried. The Navy personnel added an immersive team that found wooden piles in well 4 that makes access impossible, meanwhile number three presented a sheet of water, solid elements and turbulence, so adequate conditions were ruled out for the entry of bodies o...
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The devil went down to Gambia! The surprising history of African country music | Music

Yon early July, a Twitter account called The Zimbabwean posted a thread highlighting the popularity of country music across Africa. The posts included videos – mostly phone footage from bars and weddings – that persuasively made the case for the claim. A man in a cowboy hat moonwalking to Kenny Rogers' The Gambler; a group of women blissfully line-dancing to Kenyan country star Sir Elvis covering Wagon Wheel, a 2013 hit for Darius Rucker.These snapshots of country music woven into the fabric of everyday African life sparked a nearly unanimous response: surprise and delight. The thread quickly gathered thousands of retweets and a stack of amazed replies. But many across the diaspora may have felt it stirred something deeper. I've spent years tracing my love of country music across ...
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4,000 beagles saved from facility that bred them for drug experiments

In what's thought to be one of the biggest dog rescue efforts in the US, nearly 4,000 beagles are looking for forever homes after being saved from a Virginia facility that bred them to be sold to laboratories for drug experiments.Animal rescue organization volunteers started moving the first batch of dogs late last month, the US Humane Sociality reported. As of Tuesday, just over half of them had been removed, the non-profit reported on its website."I was able to bring out the very first puppy and it gets you. To know what these dogs were destined for and where they are going now, it's indescribable," said KittyBlock, president and chief executive of the US Humane Society.Shelters from Illinois to Pennsylvania have begun receiving the dogs to give them medical exams, vaccinations and o...