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Heathrow's planes over Richmond Park would 'damage mental health'

Locals who use park to boost their wellbeing face up to 47 low-flying aircraft an hour under plan

A psychologist who treats patients experiencing stress and anxiety with a dose of nature in Richmond Park says the expansion of Heathrow airport will be detrimental to mental health.

Heathrow will on Tuesday publish a consultation on its “master plan” for airport expansion, including environmental aspects of building a third runway.

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Why does Apple hate falafel?
Apple (left) and Google’s (right) take on the falafel emoji. | Image: Apple and Google To celebrate World Emoji Day (which, yes, is apparently a thing now), Apple and Google have released a preview of the new emoji which will be arriving on their mobile operating systems later this year. The actual subjects of the emoji were announced by Unicode back in February, now we’re seeing how they’ll actually look in practice. There are a couple of interesting designs in there. For example, I can’t help but think that Apple’s design for a plate of falafel kinda looks like a big pile of shit? Not human shit, and not a fun cartoony soft-serve ice cream poop like the classic Pile of Poo, but like a pile of dung from a farmyard animal. Especially when viewed at the proper emoji scale of an Instagram comment or iMessage response. Meanwhile, someone at Google has clearly actually eaten falafel at some point in their lives, and has produced a design more befitting of something you’re supposed to put in your mouth. Image: Apple and Google Apple’s butter (left) looks delicious, Google’s (right) just looks like butter. However, we’re going to have to give the award for “Best design for a stick of butter” to Apple’s effort. I mean just look at it. It looks so delicious that if I saw that on a plate at a restaurant I’d be tempted to eat it by itself like a big bar of chocolate. Google’s design just doesn’t have the same appeal, nor is it as immediately identifiable. Image: Apple and Google Apple’s (left) and Google’s (right) take on the orangutan and skunk have different vibes to them. When it comes to the animals, Apple and Google’s designs have really different energies to them. Google’s orangutan, for example, looks bewildered, but Apple’s is just hanging out doing orangutan stuff. Also, Google’s skunk looks super snooty, which wouldn’t bother me apart from the fact that its defining feature is producing literally the worst smell imaginable. Manufactured outrage aside, the important thing about this emoji release are the new inclusive designs of people with disabilities, some of which Apple first proposed last year. These include people in wheelchairs, people with canes, guide dogs, hearing aids, and prosthetic limbs. The people holding hands emoji also include a more diverse set of skin tones. Image: Apple The new emoji also include a diverse mix of people with disabilities, guide dogs, and prosthetic limbs. The new emoji designs will be released for iOS and Android later this year.
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If Algae Clings to Snow on This Volcano, Can It Grow on Other Desolate Worlds?
Scientists were surprised to find something living on the sterile heights of this Chilean volcano.
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A Better Way to Manage Your Period? Try the Menstrual Cup, Scientists Say
The reusable, bell-like devices unfold in the vagina to stanch menstrual flow. They are as effective as sanitary pads and tampons, according to a new analysis — and less expensive.
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Polio Cases Surge in Pakistan and Afghanistan
False rumors that children are fainting or dying have led parents to turn away vaccinators, threatening the campaign to eradicate the disease.
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Sunglasses That Help Your Eyes as Well as Your Look
Lenses that transition in sunlight to become sunglasses help protect eyes from dust, bugs, drying breezes and, most important of all, the damaging effects of ultraviolet light.
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NRC mulls cutting back on inspections at nuclear reactors
A divided staff at the agency is recommending the cost-cutting move pushed by the industry but denounced by foes as a public safety threat
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Researchers Search For Reasons Why Women's Alzheimer's Risk Is Higher Than Men's
Scientists are gaining insights into why Alzheimer's is more common in women. The answer involve genetics, hormones and sex-related brain differences.
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This Economic Theory Could Be Used To Pay For The Green New Deal
Liberal Democrats have embraced an obscure brand of economics — "Modern Monetary Theory" — to make the case for deficit-financed government programs like the Green New Deal for clean energy and jobs.
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Lawmakers, Advocates Push To Extend Medicare's Coverage Of Kidney Transplant Drugs
People under 65 who get kidney transplants can only rely on Medicare to cover three years of post-transplant treatment. There's a new call to extend coverage for meds that keep the organ functioning.
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What does Boris Johnson’s terrible novel Seventy-Two Virgins tell us about him?
It’s sexist, racist fundamentally undiplomatic, and stars a tousled, bicycling Tory MP who believes everything is up for grabsBoris Johnson’s self-identification as the new Winston Churchill invites widespread scepticism. But, if the member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip forms a government this summer, he will, in one respect, immediately emulate Churchill, and indeed Benjamin Disraeli – as a Conservative prime minister who is also a novelist.Disraeli had published 14 works of fiction by the time he took the highest office, while Churchill was a one-off novelist – an African adventure yarn, Savrola (1900) – in common with his modern Tory impersonator. Seventy-Two Virgins – A Comedy of Errors came out at the start of September 2004, when Johnson was MP for Henley, shadow arts minister, and simultaneously editor of the Spectator, in contradiction of an apparent undertaking to the then proprietor not to combine the editorship with parliament. Continue reading...
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Helene Schjerfbeck review – a chilling blast of Nordic noir
Royal Academy, LondonThe Finnish painter’s early work shows ability and vision, but this exhibition celebrates her long, brutal decline into decay and deathThe Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck is not exactly a household name in Britain – and there’s no reason she should be. This is the first UK solo show of her sort-of expressionist works and it’s strictly for the dutiful. It might serve to cool you down on a hot day, though. Schjerfbeck’s uninspired miserabilism is a cold shower of second-rate art.Born in Helsinki in 1862, Schjerfbeck had a long painting life that only ended with her death in 1946, her easel at her bedside. She is almost the exact contemporary of the Norwegian Edvard Munch and, like him, she painted the long dark night of the Nordic soul. However, in her art this teeters on bathos and descends into embarrassment. The curators have included three portraits of her mother, one a heavy-handed homage to Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No 1. The artist’s daughterly devotion is clear, yet there’s nothing in them to make the viewer share that interest. It’s hard to know why we need to intrude on this private world. Continue reading...
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Millennials won’t let go of children’s toys and films – and kids are paying the price | Emily Beecher
From Toy Story 4 to the David Bowie Barbie, marketers are rehashing old favourites in place of creating anything newLast week Mattel announced the launch of a Ziggy Stardust-inspired Barbie. Yet the number of seven-year-olds saving up their weekly pocket money to splurge on £40-worth of David Bowie-inspired plastic is probably limited. The intended demographic is more likely to be the current darlings of the marketing world: millennials.A few weeks ago I took my nine-year-old daughter Maisie to see Toy Story 4. Some of the audience sniggered and guffawed at actors Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s fluffy comedy duo, Ducky and Bunny, and nodded sagely at Forky “finding himself”. But what I didn’t hear were any children laughing – odd when you consider the supposed target audience for a Disney film. When we left the theatre, Maisie pithily commented, “Well that was trash.” Continue reading...
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How the wig got big
They are loved by celebrities from Katy Perry to Cardi B, are all over the catwalks and selling out fast on the high street. Is this the summer’s most hair-raising trend?Outside of the the black community, wig-wearing in popular culture has traditionally fallen into two camps: fancy dress or hair-loss solution. Occasionally, celebrities have flirted with wigs to define their look – Tina Turner or Cher – but whispers of “it’s a wig” are not often positive. That, however, is beginning to change.Last month, Paris Hilton revealed she has a collection of more than 800 wigs, albeit some of which she uses for going “undercover”. During this month’s Wireless festival, Cardi B removed her wig and threw it into the crowd, before requesting its return on Instagram. Katy Perry took to Instagram to remove a bouncy blond wig, revealing longer, blonder hair beneath (also thought to be a wig). Kylie Jenner, who, like the rest of the Kardashian clan, is best known for sporting long, dark locks, opted for a short, blond wig with a fringe on a highly publicised night out. And it’s not long, of course, since Jenner wore a lengthy, purple, mermaid-esque wig that matched her dress to this year’s Met Gala (three years after she claimed to have started the wig trend, to much derision). The first trailer for the forthcoming Charlie’s Angels film was so wig-filled that, in less than 24 hours, New York magazine’s style pages ran a wigtastic roundup. Continue reading...
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Pete Cowen’s journey from Open loss-maker to coach of major champions
The Yorkshireman packed in playing after coming 33rd at Lytham in 1979 but aged 68 the coach to Stenson, Koepka and Woodland has 11 pupils taking part at Royal PortrushWhen Seve Ballesteros celebrated victory at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1979 few would have paid attention to the identity of the individual sharing 33rd in the Open Championship. Little did anyone know that an outstanding coaching career was in the embers of creation as a result of that placing. Forty years on, focusing on Pete Cowen is entirely justified. Related: Reliving Rory McIlroy’s ‘out-of-body’ Royal Portrush 61 as Open looms Continue reading...
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5 Years After Eric Garner's Death, Activists Continue Fight For 'Another Day To Live'
"There's not one day that goes by I don't think about Eric Garner," said activist Nupol Kiazolu. "All we're doing is fighting for equity and another day to live."
News : NPR
Steve Bullock Vows To Disentangle 'Dark Money' From Politics
The Montana governor, one of the last Democratic candidates to join the presidential race, is focused on bringing "sunshine and transparency" to campaign finance.
News : NPR
Why Progressives Think Joe Biden Is Not 'Electable'
Progressive activists see 2020 as a chance to take control the Democratic Party. They don't agree on who the best leader would be, but fear former Vice President Joe Biden would fail to excite voters.
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More U.S. Teenagers Are Trying to Lose Weight Than in Years Past. That May Be Reason for Concern
According to one expert
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Were the Vikings smoking pot while exploring Newfoundland?
The discovery of cannabis pollen near a Viking settlement in Newfoundland raises the question of whether the Vikings were smoking or eating pot while exploring North America.
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Despite High Hopes, Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Way in the Future’
Ford and other companies say the industry overestimated the arrival of autonomous vehicles, which still struggle to anticipate what other drivers and pedestrians will do.
The New York Times
Google Glass Has an Afterlife as a Device to Teach Autistic Children
Privacy concerns caused the computerized eyewear to fail with the general public. But researchers believe it could help autistic children learn to recognize emotion and make eye contact.
The New York Times
50 years after Apollo 11, don't let space become a landfill for equipment and satellites
Much of what we launch into space never comes back. As it becomes more commercialized, we must manage space traffic and protect the space environment.       
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The Campaign to Oust Mitch McConnell
Can Amy McGrath succeed where so many others failed?
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Pick up a pair of leather neckband headphones for over 40% off
TL;DR: Save $52.05 when you get the Klipsch R5 Bluetooth neckband in-ear headphones on sale for $66.95. There are only two types of people in this world: Apple AirPod enthusiasts and those who think AirPod enthusiasts look like absolute idiots. Some people just don't like the look of Q-tips hanging out of their ears. Fortunately, if you fall into the latter category, you can still enjoy the magic of Bluetooth listening without looking like a dweeb. Try these Klipsch R5 Bluetooth neckband in-ear headphones on for size. The Klipsch R5's stand apart from the sea of plastic Bluetooth headphones with a hand-stitched edge-treated leather neckband that rests against your skin. It's so light you'll barely feel it, but to others, it looks sleek and sophisticated. They're also just about as comfortable as a pair of headphones can be. You'll get five pairs of ear tips with the R5s, so you can personalize your listening experience and ensure they won't fall out.  Read more...More about Tech, Headphones, Bluetooth, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to be sentenced for running drug cartel
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is to be sentenced for running drug cartel.
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'Start Here': Congress condemns Trump tweets, no federal charges in Eric Garner case
It's Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Here's what you need to know to start your day.
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Which football clubs have replaced players with same-name signings? | The Knowledge
Plus: outfield players wearing trousers and more tennis-playing footballers. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Last week QPR sold Matt Smith to Millwall and signed another Matt Smith on loan from Manchester City … on the same day,” writes Martyn Bryce. “Do readers have other examples of such dealings with players of the same name.”It doesn’t happen often Martyn, but there are some examples. Ryan Geraghty takes us back a year to the north-west of England to get the ball rolling. “I’m sure you will have a few readers responding with this one: I recall last summer Reece James – formerly of Manchester United – being released by Wigan only for Wigan to sign Reece James on loan from Chelsea. I didn’t suspect he would go on to be their player of the season and now be linked with Crystal Palace, but the name stuck in my mind. And, of course, there were the Dembélés at Fulham.” Continue reading...
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De Ligt undergoes Juve medical ahead of $83.7M move
Matthijs de Ligt, the 19-year-old Ajax captain who led the Dutch side to the Champions League semifinals, is undergoing a medical ahead of his transfer to Juventus for a reported fee of $83.7 million.
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Flapping about: swan upping on the Thames
Annual counting ceremony dates back to the 12th century when the crown claimed ownership of all mute swans Continue reading...
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Oil prices regain little ground lost in previous session
Oil prices on Wednesday regained little ground lost in the previous session, weighed down by industry data suggesting U.S. crude inventories fell less than expected.
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Debt and dollar in demand, sterling and stocks stricken on trade war and Brexit
Resurgent trade tensions, concern over the outlook for corporate America and the growing risk of a chaotic Brexit in the United Kingdom dampened appetite for equities on Wednesday while keeping alive interest in the dollar and government bonds.
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PSA: FaceApp can use your uploaded photos and your likeness for “commercial purposes”
FaceApp appears to be having a viral moment, again. The two year old AI-driven photo editor from Russian company Wireless Lab, which rose in popularity for its realistic facial transformations in photos, is back in the spotlight. This time it’s for a new aging feature that allow you to edit a person’s face to make them appear older or younger. Let me introduce you to… young @tim_cook!
The Next Web | International technology news, business & culture
Texas Democrat introduces articles of impeachment vs. Trump
Rep. Al Green made the move right after the House voted to condemn Trump for his recent racist tweets
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Newcastle appoint Steve Bruce as manager to succeed Rafael Benítez
Bruce quit Sheffield Wednesday to take jobFormer Sunderland manager is a Newcastle fanSteve Bruce has been confirmed as the manager of Newcastle United, replacing Rafael Benítez. The 58-year-old quit Sheffield Wednesday on Monday to take his first Premier League job since 2015.Bruce’s appointment on a three-year contract was announced after Newcastle agreed compensation with Wednesday, where he was appointed on a rolling one-year contract in January. His previous jobs include spells at Hull and Aston Villa. Continue reading...
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Steve Bruce: Newcastle United appoint ex-Sheffield Wednesday manager
Newcastle United appoint Steve Bruce as their head coach on a three-year contract following his resignation from Sheffield Wednesday.
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Tesla is raising the price of its 'full self-driving' package by $1,000
A couple of months after Tesla started selling the "full self-driving" option again, Elon Musk warned interested customers that its price will "increase substantially over time." The first price hike happened on May 1st, adding $1,000 to the $5,000 -...
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Sudan’s Ruling Military Has Signed a Power-Sharing Deal With Opposition Leaders
The signing is a key step in Sudan's transition after months of street protests
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The 10 most beautiful video game consoles of all time
The pastel-hued Nintendo Switch Lite, out in September, is far from the only beautiful console in video game history. These 10 were much more than unattractive slabs Continue reading...
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Amazon faces EU antitrust probe over use of merchant data - source
Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, could face an EU antitrust investigation within days over its use of merchants' data, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
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Sudan military and protesters sign power-sharing accord
General hails signing as ‘historical moment in Sudan’ after weeks of stalled talksSudan’s ruling military and the pro-democracy movement have signed a political accord as part of a power-sharing deal meant to end the country’s deadlock after weeks of stalled talks.The two sides – representatives from the military council and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition – signed a so-called political declaration, one of two documents that are part of the deal, at a ceremony in Khartoum. Continue reading...
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Andrea Camilleri, beloved creator of Inspector Montalbano, dies aged 93
One of Italy’s most popular authors, Camilleri wrote 23 novels starring his Sicilian detective, selling more than 30m copies around the worldOne of Italy’s most popular authors and creator of the Inspector Montalbano series, Andrea Camilleri has died at the age of 93.Camilleri, who was born in Sicily in 1925, was taken to hospital in Rome in June after going into cardiac arrest. Continue reading...
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Trump heads to North Carolina rally standing firm on criticism of freshman Democrats
The president doubled down on his remarks about female Democrats of color.
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Oklahoma inmate who served 28 years in prison declared innocent of murder
The judge said she believed a key prosecution witness was coerced. Prosecutors moved to appeal, and a former DA denied he ever coerced a witness.
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French government to create ‘ICO white list’ with new regulations
While the world is looking at Facebook’s Libra and its recent senate hearing, France is knuckling down and is set to approve the first wave of cryptocurrency businesses under new legislation. Under the rules, cryptocurrency-related firms will voluntarily abide by a regulatory framework that requires them to pay tax, provide consumer protection, and meet capital requirements, Reuters reports. Authorities will implement regulations later this month. Firms that follow France‘s rules will receive approval from the country’s Financial Markets Authority (AMF), and will effectively be white listed. “We are in talks with three or four candidates for initial coin offerings (ICOs),”… This story continues at The Next Web
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Newcastle United Appoint Steve Bruce as Manager on 3-Year Contract
Newcastle United have confirmed the appointment of Steve Bruce as their new manager on a three-year contract after the Englishman resigned from his role as Sheffield Wednesday boss...
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Google Maps has just become a whole lot more useful for bikesharing fans
Google Maps now offers a lot more bikesharing information for riders in 24 cities globally. Starting this week, you can see the location of nearby bikesharing stations, as well as information on bike availability.
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Ex-Minneapolis officer who fatally shot 911 caller appeals convictions
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter for killing 911 caller Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
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Chinese vertical dramas made for phone viewing show the future of mobile video
Mobile video is a big deal, but you don’t need me to tell you that. Big Tech has been fast-moving into the mobile video space for a few years now, and recently a slew of mobile-specific content has arrived. Instagram launched IGTV in 2018, and is pushing creators to explore what’s possible for mobile video. Netflix introduced vertical 30-second previews, and is now experimenting with mobile-first features like vibrating movies. Spotify is releasing vertical music videos. Snap is delivering plenty of premium mobile video content with its Snap Originals, and has more on the way. But compared to traditional videos which have been… This story continues at The Next Web
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