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This is What Americans Will Look like by 2050

This is What Americans Will Look like by 2050

With the increasing trend of interracial partnerships, it’s much more common for an individual to belong to a variety of ethnic backgrounds. As PolicyMic bluntly summarized, “in a matter of years we’ll have Tindered, OKCupid-ed and otherwise sexed ourselves into one giant amalgamated mega-race.” They’re absolutely right. But what will that look like?

To answer this question, National Geographic built its 125th anniversary issue around this theme… and what they came up with is beautiful.

Renowned photographer and portrait artist, Martin Schoeller, was commissioned to capture the lovely faces of our nation’s multicultural future. This is what the average American will look like by 2050:

This is What Americans Will Look like by 2050

And like this:

This is What Americans Will Look like by 2050

 And this:

This is What Americans Will Look like by 2050

What’s most entrancing is that none of these photographs are photo-shopped projections, but real people. That means America’s next generation will be a mix of “Blackanese,” “Filatino,” “Chicanese,” and “Korgentinian”.

The numbers of these mixes will only grow. It was in 2000 that the U.S. Census Bureau let respondents check more than one race for the first time, and 6.8 million people did so. By 2010, that figure had increased to nearly 9 million – a spike of 32%.

What does this mean for the future in terms of racism? Such mixture is encouraging, but there are definitely flaws with tracking racial population growth through a survey that encourages people to self-identify. This is especially so since so many familial, cultural, and even geographical factors influence one’s decision to claim multiple races.

Race has no definition, no basis in biology, yet its constructions, functions, and mythologies irrevocably shape the world as we know it. Policy Mic further contemplates this – musing on how the trend for interracial marriages continues to grow, and in effect, how racial discrimination may optimistically dissolve in the future.
Regardless of its implications, such change should be celebrated. Intermixing is a symbol of rapidly changing America, and perhaps by 2050 we’ll witness a country united by its diversity, unique interests, and melded backgrounds.

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Pentagon-Funded Team Developing High-Powered Laser To Trigger Lightning And Rain

Pentagon-Funded Team Developing High-Powered Laser To Trigger Lightning And Rain

Researchers are working to develop a technique to trigger rain or lightning with high-energy laser beams.

Stimulating static-charged particles in clouds with the right kind of laser could summon rain or lightning, scientists believe, but lasers cannot reliably be fired great enough distances for this to be practical.

A team of scientists from the University of Central Florida and the University of Arizona think that lasers could be fired at greater distances if a secondary beam is used as an energy reservoir to prevent the breakdown of the high-intensity primary beam.

Pentagon-Funded Team Developing High-Powered Laser To Trigger Lightning And Rain

They recently published a report, “Externally refueled optical filaments,” on their project inNature Photonics.

Although lasers can travel great distances, they tend to collapse inward on themselves when a beam becomes too intense.

European researchers produced artificial ice clouds last year using high-power, ultrashort laser pulses focusing on cirrus clouds in the upper troposphere, where weather occurs.

But lightning strikes have not thus far been triggered by lasers because high-intensity beams are dispersed as plasma when electrons in the air’s oxygen and nitrogen are excited by the beams.

“What would be nice is to have a sneaky way which allows us to produce an arbitrary long ‘filament extension cable,’” said Matthew Mills, a graduate student in the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers.

Pentagon-Funded Team Developing High-Powered Laser To Trigger Lightning And Rain

He said that wrapping a large, low-intensity beam around the stronger beam like a doughnut could provide this arbitrary extension.

Mills and another graduate student, Ali Miri, have been able to extend the pulse from 10 inches to about 7 feet, and they’re working to extend their laser pulses even further.

“This work could ultimately lead to ultra-long optically induced filaments or plasma channels that are otherwise impossible to establish under normal conditions,” said professor Demetrios Christodoulides, who is working with the students on the project.

In theory, he said, this principle could extend lasers for about 165 feet.

Development of this technology was supported by a $7.5 million grant from the Department of Defense.

The researchers say their technique could be used in long-distance sensors to divert lightning strikes away from buildings or in spectrometers that can identify chemical makeup.

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How To Make A $454 Homemade Air Conditioner For About $15 [VIDEO]

How To Make A $454 Homemade Air Conditioner For About $15

If you’ve ever had your power go out on one of those hot summer days you know just how important keeping cool can be. Seems every year people die due to heat. Keeping your home cool in the summer can be very expensive if you use your air conditioner. This air conditioner is very simple to make, and can be made in a few minutes if your are handy.

How To Make A $454 Homemade Air Conditioner For About $15

Even if you are not handy you’ll be able to make one of these DIY air conditioners. One of the nice things about this air conditioner is that it will give you up to 6 hours of coolness. This thing works so well you may need to put on a sweatshirt! To make one of these babies you need a few simple tools, a couple of 5 gallon buckets, along with a few other items.

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What Does The Way You Sleep Say About Your Relationship?

What Does The Way You Sleep Say About Your Relationship?

The closeness of a couple and how happy they are in their relationship is reflected in the distance between them as they sleep, a new study has claimed.


Partners who slept less than an inch apart were more likely to be content with their relationship than those maintaining a gap of more than 30 inches between them.

Couples who spent the night touching were also happier than partners who upheld a “no touching rule” while asleep, according to the survey which looked at the responses of 1,000 people.

The study found the overwhelming majority (86 per cent) of couples who slept less than an inch away from each other claimed to be happy with their relationship compared with two-thirds (66 per cent) who slept more than 30 inches apart.

What Does The Way You Sleep Say About Your Relationship?

It also revealed the most popular positions, with almost half (42 per cent) lying back to back, and nearly a third (31 per cent) facing the same direction. Four per cent face one another.

Twelve per cent of couples spent the night less than an inch apart while just 2 per cent slept more than 30 inches apart.

University of Hertfordshire psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, who led the study, said: "One of the most important differences involved touching. Ninety four per cent of couples who spent the night in contact with one another were happy with their relationship, compared to just 68 per cent of those that didn't touch.

The study was conducted as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Prof Wiseman is the author of Night School, which examines the science of sleep and dreaming.

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What Does The Way You Sleep Say About Your Relationship?

The most popular sleeping positions

1. Liberty: Back to back but not touching

This couple feels connected but they are independent enough to sleep separately. They know each other's sleeping habits and accept them

2. Cherish: Back to back but touching

This position is popular in a new relationship as it shows the couple are comfortable, intimate and relaxed with each other

3. Spoons: Typically with the female on the inside

A traditional position in which the male takes the lead and protects his partner
4. Lovers' Knot: Face to face with legs intertwined for 10 minutes, then couple separate to sleep

This position demonstrates a loving independence, and is a sign of intimacy, love and sexual activity
5. Romantic: Man lying on back with woman's head and arm on his chest

This is the popular Hollywood movie scene position, suggesting the couple is in a new relationship

6. Pillow talk: Face to face but not touching

This position represents an intimate need for one-to-one contact and conversation in bed

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Hungry Snake Picked The Wrong Dinner

Hungry Snake Picked The Wrong Dinner

Researchers on Golem Grad Island, Macedonia, stumbled upon a rather intriguing and wholly disgusting find whilst looking for snakes - a dead young viper with the head of a huge centipede protruding through its body. What a way to go! The report has been briefly described in the journal Ecologica Montenegrina.

Nose-horned vipers (Vipera ammodytes) are venomous snakes found in southern Europe, the Balkans and certain parts of the Middle East. They can grow up to 95 centimeters and possess a characteristic “horn” on the snout, hence the name. They’re also considered to be the most dangerous European viper because their venom is highly toxic, but they’re a pretty docile species that tend to only bite when provoked.

Adult nose-horned vipers usually feed on lizards, smaller snakes and rabbits on Golem Grad, whilst the juveniles eat lizards and a particular species of centipede, the Megarian banded centipede (Scolopendra cingulata). It is not uncommon for snakes to consume potentially dangerous prey, and there have been numerous reports of death due to them “biting off more than they can chew”. Although, as mentioned, these vipers are known to eat this particular species of centipede, it seems that this cocky snake may have underestimated his dinner this time.

Hungry Snake Picked The Wrong Dinner

S. cingulata can be pretty savage killers themselves; they’re opportunistic carnivores and will eat almost anything that’s not larger than themselves. The authors of the paper note that it’s exceedingly difficult to kill a full-grown Scolopendra. Some people even keep these creepy crawlies as pets. Each to their own I suppose.

The team measured the viper and the centipede; the centipede was found to be 84% of the viper’s trunk length, 112% of its body width and 114% of its body weight. This isn’t hugely impressive compared to the size of animals that snakes have been found to consume previously. But what is interesting/disgusting is that upon dissection, the snake was missing all of its visceral organs- the centipede was occupying the entire volume of the snake’s body. They think it’s possible that the snake swallowed the centipede alive, but the centipede ate its way through the snake in an attempt of freedom, bursting its way through the snake’s abdomen (I am going to have nightmares now…). But unfortunately the poor little guy didn’t make it and died inside the snake with his head poking out. So close… Yet so far…

Hungry Snake Picked The Wrong Dinner

If you're scarred for life from reading this, have some emergency comedy of a rare bird humping a photographer's head.

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Futurist's Mind-Blowing Technology Will Take Over the Planet [VIDEO]

Futurist's Mind-Blowing Technology Will Take Over the Planet

A future where everyone is walking around outfitted with the equivalent of Google Glass and other “immersive technologies” (as in, “blurring the line between physical reality and the digital/simulated world”).

A future where your trashcan is wired with sensors to “talk” to your refrigerator about what you just threw away (and therefore whoever is monitoring the data also knows what you threw away, how much you throw away, if what you had was legal to have by whatever ridiculous laws are in place at the time, and whether or not you could have/should have recycled it instead, so you will be fined appropriately).

Futurist's Mind-Blowing Technology Will Take Over the Planet

A future where someone somewhere knows how much electricity, water and resources you are using (and therefore whether you will need to be limited or charged more in carbon taxes).

A future where every single last thing you buy — ever — will be kept on an interactive, “smart” record because cash will no longer exist.

A future that the video says, “will tell us what we need and when we need it”… Why will it do that? Because robots will be everywhere, they’ll be smarter than us, and we’ll be tracked and traced at our every single step. In fact, that song by the Police will become the new anthem of the human race. Sing along with me! “Every breath you take…every move you make…

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This Is What Snake Venom Does To Your Blood [VIDEO]

This Is What Snake Venom Does To Your Blood

We all know snake venom is dangerous, but seeing the toxin in action is another matter. Now, thanks to YouTube user fragrancemad, the world can see just what happens to human blood in the process—and it’s not pretty.

“I was doing some research for Cobra parfum by Jeannes Arthes and came across this video about snake venom by mistake – it’s so incredible that I just had to upload it to YouTube,” the user wrote in the video’s info section.

“Basically, a single drop of this venom (from a Russell’s viper) is dripped onto a petri dish of blood, and in seconds the blood clots into a thick chunk of solid matter.”

Yikes!

Dr. Terence M. Davidson, M.D., of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, explains on his website exactly what the venom from a Russell’s Viper can do to a human.

“In Sri Lanka, Burma and India it is responsible for the majority of snakebite incidents. It is a very dangerous snake. Large members of some species can easily deliver a lethal dose in humans. Victims will usually complain of pain at the bite site, and swelling may be evident.”

Besides bleeding disorders, he noted, symptoms can include acute kidney failure, swelling eyelids, difficulty speaking and general weakness.

This Is What Snake Venom Does To Your Blood

It may sound scary, but snake venom can be very useful to humans. In a study published last year in the Journal Of Biological Chemistry researchers noted important medical uses of the sinister stuff.

“Snake venom contains a vast number of toxins that target proteins in platelets,” Yonchol Shin, an associate professor at Kogakuin University who specializes in snake toxins told ScienceDaily. “Some of those toxins prevent platelets from clotting, which can lead to profuse bleeding in snake bite victims. Others, like the one we’ve focused this research on, potently activate platelets, which results in blood clots. Identification of the molecular targets of many of these toxins has made an enormous contribution to our understanding of platelet activation and related diseases.”

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Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted In 4 Teenagers Functioning Normally

Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted In 4 Teenagers Functioning Normally

Lab-grown vaginas implanted in four teenagers five to eight years ago is working fine in each of them. Patients had to undergo surgery because they were born with a rare genetic condition in which the vagina and uterus were underdeveloped or absent.

Patients have reported normal functions and are now sexually active.

Although this is a small pilot study, the results show that vaginal organs can be constructed in the lab and used successfully in people, said study researcher Dr. Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine, according to Scientific American

Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted In 4 Teenagers Functioning Normally

"A lot of what we are doing right now is really applicable to patients who have deformity or abnormal organs for many other conditions - of course, the most prominent being cancer - [and] also patients who may have an injury in the area," Atala said.

Each patient who underwent the surgery had a congenital deformation called Mayer-Rokitansky-K├╝ster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which affects between one in 1,500 and one in 4,000 female infants.

For building up the personalized vaginas, researchers took a small piece of vulvar tissue from each patient and allowed them to multiply in the lab dishes.

"We were able to shape the scaffold specifically for each patient, and place this device with the cells in a bioreactor - which is an ovenlike device and has the same conditions as the human body - for about a week, until it was slightly more mature," Atala said.

Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted In 4 Teenagers Functioning Normally

Once the organ was ready to be implanted, doctors surgically created a cavity in the patients' bodies and stitched one side of the vaginal organ to the opening of the cavity and the other side to the uterus.

"The whole process takes about five to six weeks, from the time we take the tissue from the patient to the time we actually plant the engineered construct back into the patient," Atala said.

Researchers added that risks of complications were higher with these techniques as the tissue substitute is not vaginal tissue.

The study has been published in the journal Lancet.

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Train Conductor Kicks Selfie-Taking Douche In The Head

A foolish thrillseeker got a swift boot to the head while trying to take the world's most dangerous selfie - just inches from a moving train.

Jared Frank, 22, from Regina, Canada, took the risky selfie on the Inca Trail in Peru - the train route that runs from Cusco to the 'Lost City of the Incas' at Machu Picchu.

He was visiting the region with a friend, and wanted to take a snap of himself with one of the route's iconic blue and yellow trains passing in the background.

Train Conductor Kicks Selfie-Taking Douche In The Head

But as the train passed, a conductor leaned out and delivered a swift kick to the side of Frank's head, sending him reeling.

The viral video, which has clocked up more than 4.5m views on YouTube in just two days, shows Frank falling to the ground, dazed from the punting he's just received.

“I tried to take a selfie while a train passed a “safe” distance behind,” he wrote on his YouTube channel.

Train Conductor Kicks Selfie-Taking Douche In The Head

“I guess I was still too close and got kicked in the head.”

There's been some speculation about the motivations of the train conductor on social website Reddit.

Train Conductor Kicks Selfie-Taking Douche In The Head

Many believe the conductor was being a hero, punting Frank out of the way of a piece of metal protruding from the side of the train which would have taken his head off.

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Interactive Live Holography Makes Medical Debut [VIDEO]

Interactive Live Holography - From Science Fiction to Science Fact

In what could be a game changer in the field of medical imaging, an Israeli firm known as RealView Imaging enables physicians to manipulate and analyze a patient’s internal organ anatomy in midair in real time. A physician can, for instance, take a patient's heart model and rotate it and even slice it open to reveal the internal anatomy. These capabilities could assist in preoperative planning of minimally invasive procedures.

Long a staple of science fiction, a simple 3-D holograms can be made using lasers, lenses, a beam splitter, mirrors, and holographic film. The lenses work to diffuse light from the lasers, which is then split, and beamed onto a mirror and the target object.

Interactive Live Holography - From Science Fiction to Science Fact

RealView has teamed up with Philips to demonstrate the feasibility of the technology in minimally-invasive structural heart disease procedures. Last month, Philips announced that a small trial conducted in Israel improved clinicians' ability to understand device-tissue interaction during surgery. The trial, which involved eight patients, tested the use of holography to facilitate transcatheter device closure of atrial septal defect/patent foramen ovale and in an angiography evaluation.

Interactive Live Holography - From Science Fiction to Science Fact

The RealView system works by scanning the heart, accepting data from it into a digital light system, and creating an image made of 3-D pixels. The result is a smooth image of a beating heart hovering in the air. "The ability to reach into the image and apply markings on the soft-tissue anatomy in the x-ray and 3-D ultrasound images would be extremely useful for guidance of these complex procedures," explained Elchanan Bruckheimer, MD, from Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Israel at TCT. "Communication is better and there is no doubt that if you have better communication, you have a better understanding as a physician and therefore perform better and give better patient care. Hopefully we will have this in our labs very soon.”

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12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life)

12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life)

What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it.

This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning.A person may not escape the consequences of his actions, but he will suffer only if he himself has made the conditions ripe for his suffering. Ignorance of the law is no excuse whether the laws are man-made or universal.

To stop being afraid and to start being empowered in the worlds of karma and reincarnation, here is what you need to know about karmic laws.

12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life)

1. THE GREAT LAW
- "As you sow, so shall you reap". This is also known as the "Law of Cause and Effect".
- Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us.
- If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love, Friendship... Then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend.


2.THE LAW OF CREATION
- Life doesn't just HAPPEN, it requires our participation.
- We are one with the Universe, both inside and out.
- Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state.
- BE yourself, and surround yourself with what you want to have present in your Life.


3.THE LAW OF HUMILITY
- What you refuse to accept, will continue for you.
- If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative, then we ourselves are not focused on a higher level of existence.


4.THE LAW OF GROWTH
- "Wherever you go, there you are".
- For us to GROW in Spirit, it is we who must change
- and not the people, places or things around us.
- The only given we have in our lives is OURSELVES and that is the only factor we have control over.
- When we change who and what we are within our heart our life follows suit and changes too.


5.THE LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY
- Whenever there is something wrong in my life, there is something wrong in me.
- We mirror what surrounds us - and what surrounds us mirrors us; this is a Universal Truth.
- We must take responsibility what is in our life.


6.THE LAW OF CONNECTION
- Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the Universe is connected.
- Each step leads to the next step, and so forth and so on.
- Someone must do the initial work to get a job done.
- Neither the first step nor the last are of greater significance,
- As they were both needed to accomplish the task.
- Past-Present-Future they are all connected...

12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life)

7.THE LAW OF FOCUS
- You can not think of two things at the same time.
- When our focus is on Spiritual Values, it is impossible for us to have lower thoughts such as greed or anger.


8.THE LAW OF GIVING AND HOSPITALITY
- If you believe something to be true,then sometime in your life you will be called upon to demonstrate that particular truth.
- Here is where we put what we CLAIM that we have learned, into actual PRACTICE.


9.THE LAW OF HERE AND NOW
- Looking backward to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the HERE AND NOW.
- Old thoughts, old patterns of behavior, old dreams...
- Prevent us from having new ones. THE LAW OF CHANGE
- History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.


10.THE LAW OF PATIENCE AND REWARD
- All Rewards require initial toil.
- Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent toil.
- True joy follows doing what we're suppose to be doing, and waiting for the reward to come in on its own time.


11.THE LAW OF SIGNIFICANCE AND INSPIRATION
- You get back from something whatever YOU have put into it.
- The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.
- Every personal contribution is also a contribution to the Whole.
- Lack luster contributions have no impact on the Whole, nor do they work to diminish it.
- Loving contributions bring life to, and inspire, the Whole.

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Rare Condition Causes Woman to Smell Like Rotten Fish

Rare Condition Causes Woman to Smell Like Rotten Fish

For 14 years, company director Ellie James has been receiving the same Secret Santa presents at Christmas – bottles of perfume and bars of soap. And when she opens them, she is met with roaring laughter from her colleagues. The presents are mortifying, they break her heart every time because they are a subtle reminder of the horrible genetic disorder that she has to live with. Ellie suffers from a rare condition that leaves her reeking of fish and rotten eggs.

Ellie’s condition might seem amusing or even downright funny, but it’s quite sad when you look at it from her point of view. You might think that she isn’t very good at personal hygiene, but you would be wrong. At one point, she even showered five times a day and scrubbed her skin with dishwashing detergent until it became red and raw. But nothing worked; no matter how much Ellie cleaned herself, the smell kept coming back stronger.

It all began when Ellie turned 30. “At first I didn’t understand what was wrong,” said the 44-year-old from Abingdon, Oxfordshire. “I’d always had impeccable hygiene. The smell was a complete mystery – I wondered if my cat had brought in a mouse and left it to rot. But I slowly realized it was me when strangers began to stare at me while holding their noses. I heard people whispering about me in the office.”

Rare Condition Causes Woman to Smell Like Rotten Fish

As devastating as the smell was, it wasn’t until much later that Ellie was diagnosed with the rare disorder – trimethylaminuria, or fish-odor syndrome. But the years before Ellie could understand what was happening to her were a true nightmare. “I would come home from work every night and cry,” she said. “Soon people were showering me with gifts of perfume. At Christmas I’d get soap – it was completely humiliating. Once a driver actually installed an air freshener on the bus I use, and a passenger said it was my fault. It was soul-destroying – it was a real struggle getting out of bed in the morning.”

In 2005, five years after the horrible odor had gripped her life, Ellie mustered up the courage to see her doctor. Unfortunately, the visit went horribly wrong – she ended up being lectured on personal hygiene by the ignorant doctor. But she returned again a year later, and she was finally taken seriously. After a series of tests and a visit to an endocrinologist, Ellie’s condition was identified in 2007. “Although it was hard to swallow, I felt relief,” she said.


Fish-odor syndrome is caused by a missing enzyme, resulting in strong-smelling sweat, urine and breath. The smell is usually similar to rotting fish, feces or garbage. Because of the enzyme’s absence, the body is unable to break down trimethylamine – the smelly chemical that is produced in the gut when foods like dairy, coffee, fish and meat are digested. Women are more likely to develop the disorder than men; female hormones are known to aggravate the condition. Currently, the extremely rare condition has no cure.

Rare Condition Causes Woman to Smell Like Rotten Fish

Ellie is now taking antibiotics and following a special diet plan. “I began to wash with a pH-balanced soap after I found out that washing excessively with normal soap made the smell even worse. There is no cure but making these changes helps,” she said. “Now, when someone hold their nose, I take them aside and explain that I have a medical condition. I hope my story will educate those who point fingers, and encourage other sufferers to find the strength to get help.”

Despite her odd condition, Ellie has found love, which is wonderful. She met 50-year-old Dan Molston, in 2006 through mutual friends and bonded over their common interest, cycling. Dan said: “Ellie is a lovely person and that’s all that matters.”

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