Speculation over Prince’s death baffles those who say the artist led a clean life

Friends, colleagues and locals who interacted with him regularly attest to a man who was healthy in his habits, amid rumors about the cause of his death

Healthy in his habits, tireless at work and an energetic creator who friends said avoided alcohol and drugs, Princes death has left investigators piecing together his final hours and mourners grappling with how the musicians life could have come to such a sudden end.

An autopsy was conducted Friday and the body of the musical legend was released to his family, but authorities said it could be weeks before results, pending the completion of a toxicology analysis.

Carver County sheriff Jim Olson said investigators found no indication of suicide, and there were no immediate signs of trauma. Investigators will review Princes medical history, including previous hospitalization and pharmaceutical records, Olson said.

Speculation surrounding Princes death has centered on a sudden cancellation of shows and a medical emergency on Princes private jet last week, en route to Minneapolis. An unconfirmed report from celebrity news site TMZ said the musician overdosed on a painkiller, prompting the flights diversion just an hour outside of his hometown. Olson and a public information officer for the medical examiner declined to comment on the incident.

New details emerged on Friday, however, about the hours leading up to the discovery of Princes body in an elevator shaft at Paisley Park, his residential compound located in the city of Chanhassen, about 20 miles from Minneapolis.

The last time Prince was seen alive was around 8pm Wednesday, when he was dropped off at Paisley Park by an acquaintance, Olson said. Prince is believed to have been alone throughout the night, he added. When Paisley Park staffers couldnt contact him early on Thursday, they went to the compound and found him unresponsive in an elevator on the first floor.

An unidentified male called 911 around 9.43am. Yes, the man said, its Prince.

First responders attempted CPR but failed, and Olson said his deputies are equipped with Narcan, an opiate antidote, but it was not used to try to revive Prince, who was pronounced dead at 10.07am.

For those who caught a glimpse of Prince in recent days, his unexpected death was made even more jarring. On Tuesday, he attended a show at the Dakota jazz club in Minneapolis, a venue he frequented enough to have a private table on the second floor, in a section that would be cordoned off by a curtain a testament to his assiduous privacy.

He was one of our eras greatest musical artists, perhaps the greatest, said Dakota owner Lowell Pickett. He was an international musical treasure whose combined talents only come along in many years.

Pickett said he recently told Prince how overjoyed he was to discover his poignant cover of a Joni Mitchell song, A Case of You. I told him how much we loved finding this song at home this winter and how beautiful it was, Pickett told the Guardian. He said it was so important to him to do justice to Joni Mitchell.

Dakota employees who saw Prince at the show on Tuesday said nothing appeared out of the ordinary with the superstar. He came and went as he always had before: through a side door and up the stairs to his table. On Thursday, a placard that read Rest In Peace Prince was placed on that table along with a purple orchid.

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Princes regular table at Dakota jazz Club, in Minneapolis, was adorned with roses to commemorate his death. Photograph: Ryan Felton for the Guardian

Prince had previously said he struggled with epilepsy as a child. In recent years, he dealt with hip problems that reportedly stemmed from a performance. Prince was a committed vegan, and his cousin Chazz Smith said this week that he avoided alcohol and drugs throughout his life.

I can tell you this: what I know is that he was perfectly healthy, Smith told the Associated Press.

Heather McElhatton, a journalist who worked as a set director for Paisley Park video shoots during the 1990s, said Prince had limitless energy and that she never saw him drink or do drugs.

He could shoot for two days straight, without getting tired, it seems, she said. I never saw him eat, like physically eat, anything in 10 years never saw him drink.

In and around his hometown, the music icon was spotted numerous times in public only a day after the emergency flight landing. Last Saturday, Prince stopped by a record store in Minneapolis called Electric Fetus, a shop he highlighted in his last tweet on Monday.

Bob Fuchs, the stores manager, said Prince was dressed head to toe in black and looked normal to me. He shopped for about 15-20 minutes and purchased about a half dozen CDs, Fuchs said, adding that he shook the musicians hand and told him thank you for your support. Prince smiled back: Youre welcome.

He was dressed really nice, Fuchs said. I wouldnt have guessed anything was wrong.

It was pretty low key, he continued. None of us wouldve suspected anything based on the interaction we had.

That afternoon, Prince was spotted riding his bike near a suburban strip mall outside of Paisley Park. In a salon there Julie Reid, 47, was getting a haircut when he rode by. She rushed out the door in hair foils. Prince waved.

Next door, he waited outside for a friend to order a drink from Caribou Coffee, employees said. In perhaps one of his few indulgences, Prince occasionally ordered a coffee from the shop, according to a barista, Alya Al-Hilwani. He preferred a blend: a chocolate cooler, no whipped cream.

Reid said she later posted a photo of him casually riding the bike on Facebook, and wrote: Prince sighting?

Everyone was like: Wait, isnt he sick? she said. Well, clearly he was feeling better.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/apr/23/prince-death-rumors-drugs-alcohol

Bernard Madoff Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Bernard Madoff, serving 150 years in prison for running a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.

Personal:
Birth date:
April 29, 1938
Birth place: Queens, New York
    Birth name: Bernard Lawrence Madoff
    Father: Ralph Madoff
    Mother: Sylvia (Muntner) Madoff
    Marriage: Ruth (Alpern) Madoff (November 1959-present)
    Children: Andrew, Mark
    Education: Hofstra University, B.A. Political Science, 1960
    Other Facts:
    Started his firm with $5,000 he saved from working as a lifeguard.
    Madoff served as NASDAQ’s chairman in 1990, 1991, and 1993.
    Had many high-profile victims, including director Steven Spielberg, actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, and New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon.
    In 2008, Madoff controlled billions in investments. In 2013, he earned $40 per month doing prison labor.
    Timeline:
    1960
    Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities is founded.
    December 10, 2008 Bernard Madoff allegedly confesses to employees of his company that the asset management portion of his firm is actually a large Ponzi scheme. Madoff says the business had lost about $50 billion and that he plans to turn himself in to authorities in a week.
    December 11, 2008 Madoff is arrested on one count of securities fraud for allegedly operating a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme from his investment advisory business. He is released on $10 million bail.
    December 12, 2008 A federal court in Manhattan issues a temporary order freezing Madoff’s assets and appointing a receiver over him and his firm.
    December 17, 2008 Madoff is placed on house arrest. Several bids by prosecutors to jail Madoff are denied by the court.
    February 9, 2009 The SEC and Madoff reach a partial settlement agreement. Under the terms of the deal, Madoff will keep a previously reached agreement to freeze his assets and not to violate any other securities laws. This is separate from the criminal charge Madoff faces.
    March 12, 2009 Madoff pleads guilty to eleven felony charges including: money laundering, perjury, false filings with the SEC and fraud. There is no deal with the government associated with the guilty plea.
    — U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin orders Madoff to Metropolitan Correctional Center following his confession.
    March 20, 2009 – An appeals court rules that Madoff will remain in jail until sentencing.
    April 1, 2009 Federal marshals seize Madoff’s yacht, a smaller boat, and one of his homes in Florida as court-ordered seizures of the financier’s assets begin.
    July 14, 2009 Madoff arrives at Butner Federal Correction Complex in North Carolina to begin serving his sentence.
    October 2, 2009 – A $199 million lawsuit is filed against Madoff’s sons, his brother Peter Madoff and his niece Shana Madoff, who all worked at Madoff’s firm.
    December 11, 2010 Mark Madoff, 46, commits suicide in his Manhattan apartment.
    February 15, 2011 – In an interview from prison, Madoff tells a New York Times reporter that some banks and hedge funds “had to know.”
    June 4, 2011 – Final auction of personal property belonging to Madoff nets $500,000. To date, the total recovery from the Madoffs has been approximately $24 million in property sales and $80 million in cash assets.

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    September 20, 2012 – Trustee Irving Picard announces that victims of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme will receive another $2.5 billion in reimbursement of their stolen funds. This brings the total amount returned to investors to $3.6 billion. Approximately half of the victims have been repaid.
    January 22, 1014 – CNBC reports receiving an email from Madoff in which he says he had a heart attack in December of 2013 and that he has stage 4 kidney disease.
    March 25, 2014 – Trustee Irving Picard announces plans to pay out an additional $349 million to Madoff’s victims. Approximately $9.8 billion has been recovered so far.
    September 3, 2014 – Son Andrew, Madoff’s last surviving child, dies of cancer at age 48.
    February 2015 – Another $355 million in recovered funds is distributed to Madoff’s victims. Approximately $10.5 billion has been recovered so far.
    February 1, 2016 – Trustees announce that more than $11.079 billion of the $17.5 billion in principle investment has been recovered to date.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/11/us/bernard-madoff-fast-facts/index.html

    ‘I cried all the way back’: sexual harassment on public transport

    How does it feel to be subject to unwanted sexual attention on your morning commute? Or on your way to school? We asked readers to tell us their stories of sexual harassment on public transport

    This time last year, Transport for London launched a hard-hitting campaign against sexual assault and harassment on its services.

    Accompanied by a harrowing video of a woman experiencing sexual assault on the Tube, the campaign urged anyone who experienced unwanted sexual behaviour to report it to the police. A year on since its launch, with the video boasting more than 4m views, 36% more people have reported such incidents on the London underground.

    But, of course, its not just London which has to deal with this problem. Other cities and transport links across the world struggle with the issue. France launched its own campaigns against sexual harassment on trains last year. More than ten years ago, women-only carriages were introduced in Tokyo, where more than half of women said they had been groped on trains. And last month, a German train operator announced women-only carriages for its route between Leipzig and Chemnitz.

    We asked our readers to tell us about their experiences. Some told us about being followed off trains. Others told us about men trying to sneak a feel of their breasts between shopping bags. Then there were those who witnessed public masturbation, or were just teenagers when they were first subject to unwanted sexual attention. These experiences were not limited to those living within the jurisdiction of Transport for London.

    Here are a selection of their stories.

    They made me feel like it was my fault

    Hamburg has a great public transport system and in most areas very few parking spots, hence it would be silly not to take the trains and buses.

    One day after work I took the U3 across town to get home. This line of the Hamburg underground is one of the most popular with business people and tourists since it runs all the way around the Alster, a lake in the centre of Hamburg.

    Being glad to have found a seat amidst the full carriage after a stressful day at work, I took off my coat and acknowledged the people sitting around me with a smile. I was listening to music and reading a book in English for a while, when I felt the man sitting diagonally opposite of me looking over intensely. He was in his 40s.

    Although I was wearing a buttoned up shirt, showing no cleavage whatsoever, I loosely wrapped my scarf around my neck, also covering my chest. I kept reading, and he kept staring. At the next stop a lot of people got out and even more came in. In between he quickly came over and took the newly empty seat opposite of me.

    Only inches away he started grinning at me. I felt very uncomfortable, my eyes glued to the page. One stop before mine I had to get my coat on again and got up to make my way through the packed carriage.

    Waiting for the train door to open I saw in the corner of my eye the man was still sitting down. I jumped out of the train and walked quickly upstairs, almost running. I still had a bad feeling, so instead of walking the rest of the way home, as I usually did, I turned the corner and went downstairs to another line to catch a different train for one more stop.

    On reaching the platform, the man suddenly turned up next to me, walking along with the same, fast pace.

    Hey, wait! he shouted at me in English. I realised ignoring him would no longer work, so I took out one of my earphones. Without stopping I said to him: You make me feel uncomfortable. Im sure you are a nice person and mean well, but can you please stop following me?

    Hey, you speak English? Its not a bad thing. We can talk. he said with a dirty grin.

    Sorry, but I do not want to talk to you. Please leave me alone! I replied slowing down next to two ladies in their 50s chatting. He was stood in front of me.

    You take this train, too? What direction? We can meet some time.. He touched my arm. I answered: No, I do not want to meet or talk to you. Leave me alone now!

    The train came rattling in. With my heart pumping I firmly walked around the intrusive man, followed the two ladies into the carriage and sat down with them next to the window.

    When the train left the station I couldnt tell if the man was still on the platform. For a while I was afraid he might be in a different carriage. When I got out at the next stop, I stood next to a group of young punks and only then I was brave enough to wait and see if the man was still following me. He wasnt I was alone again. Shaky and sweaty I walked home.

    The next day I told my mostly male co-workers about the incident. They all said: You shouldnt have smiled at him when you first took off your coat.

    I never reported it nor told anyone else about it. They made me feel like it was my fault and that I should be ashamed.

    It was not my fault and I no longer feel ashamed.

    Kira, Hamburg

    I didnt react how I thought I would

    This was in 1993, I was 19. I got on a bus from Bath to Bristol. It was winter and dark. I sat at the front of the top deck. A man sat on the opposite side and masturbated looking at me the entire time. I froze. I didnt react how I thought I would. I could not move. I was terrified. Eventually he got off the bus. I am convinced other passengers could see what was happening as our reflections were in the front window as it was dark outside. No one did anything. One person stopped at the top of the stairs before getting off the bus and hesitated as if they were going to say something to me, but they didnt. I got off the bus in Bristol and burst in to tears in my boyfriends arms. I didnt report it, there seemed no point because I couldnt describe the man (I hadnt looked at him) and it was too dark to see which stop he got off at.

    I never sat on the top deck again.

    Anonymous, Bath

    The worst part about being harassed on public transport is you have no escape

    There was this one time I was taking the bus with my friend. This middle-aged man came and stood right next to where I was sitting. I was busy on my phone so it was a while before I realised that he was pressing up against me. It was the first time something like that had happened to me, since I didnt use much public transport then, and I really didnt know how to react.

    I kept leaning further and further away from him but the guy wouldnt let up! At one point I was sitting in such an awkward position that it would have been fairly obvious to others what was going on. The apathy of others on the bus made me feel like I should be quiet about it too. Even later when I spoke to my friend about this, who was a far more frequent user of public transport, I was really disheartened by her casual response. She had herself probably become habituated and therefore desensitised about such incidents.

    The worst part about being harassed on public transport is you have no escape. At least in public, open spaces, you have the option of shoving them back, which we often do. The norms of public transport are such that it makes us captive victims unable to speak out.

    Adrija, Bangalore

    Photograph: Corbis

    What I thought were my shopping bags pressing against me was in fact someones hand

    I was on the bus on my way home after shopping. It was mid-afternoon and the bus was relatively empty so I went upstairs and sat down not paying any attention to anyone else.

    I placed my shopping bags on the seat next to me near the window and rested my left arm over the bags. As the journey progressed I felt a light, but firm pressing against my left breast. I thought it was my shopping bags pressing against me and took no further notice. But as the journey continued, the pressure against my breast continued to get more intense.

    I thought this doesnt feel right, so I sat really still; not moving and with all my focus on the pressing against my breast. Until I felt a full tender squeeze of my breast. I turned around – so shocked, embarrassed and humiliated into silence.

    Before I could say anything – the middle age man was already half way down the stairs heading for the doors. He had been groping my breast by reaching and sliding his hand through the gap between the seats on the left, next to the window.

    What I thought where my shopping bags pressing against me was in fact a middle age mans hand.

    I had only one stop left of a 30 minute journey.

    Anonymous, South London

    It was the first time a man thought he had the right to touch my body without permission

    I was fifteen or sixteen, in my final year of school and living in a very rural area. I would get the train to school everyday, often on my own. Usually the evening train I was catching would be a train packed with commuters from Manchester, also on their way home. Occasionally it would be so full that people wouldnt even be able to get on a couple of stops after mine.

    Because of the lack of carriages I would often end up standing in the aisles or cramped in doorways. It was on one of those occasions I thought somebodys bag was brushing against my bum, so shifted my body to a different angle. It happened again, only this time, it felt less like a bag and more like caressing.

    I was young and innocent and turned around expecting to see a lots of shopping bags. Instead, I saw the single hand of a man standing behind me. I felt shocked and confused and stood there for a moment telling myself hed probably done it by accident. We were packed like sardines and his whole body was millimeters from mine when it happened a third time.

    I immediately pushed my way through several people and stood on the opposite side of the door way and glared at him. He looked ever so slightly uncomfortable, but mainly sad and disappointed.

    I saw him most days, even when I started commuting on the same train into college. Sometimes I still see him now. I look back, now an avid feminist and wish I hadnt given him that tiny benefit of the doubt. I wish I had said loudly, so the packed train could hear, Can you stop touching my bum? before Id moved away.

    Ive been groped and harassed and had mens hands go inside my underwear in crowded clubs, swimming pools, concerts since and now I always make a point of acting on it. This incident still feels different I was a school child, I was on public transport surrounded by people and it was the first time a man thought he had the right to touch my body without permission.

    Anonymous, Derbyshire

    I felt sick, angry and guilty that I hadnt reacted in the right way

    Early last year, I was on my way to meet a friend after work on the Cologne metro, when I spotted a man masturbating. He was stood behind a young woman, who had no idea what was going on. None of the other passengers did either, but because he was stood diagonally to me, I could clearly see what he was doing.

    I could feel my heart thudding and blood rushing to my head. I didnt know what to do. A million scenarios rushed through my mind. Should I pull the emergency break? Should I call the police? Should I shout out loud and tell the whole train?

    Its ridiculous the thoughts that go through your mind at such a time. I couldnt bring myself to do the latter, I think partly from fear nobody would react and partly because Im not used to causing a scene, as stupid as that sounds.

    In the end, I did speak up. I told him I could see what he was doing and I warned the girl to step away. I got out my phone and wrote down his description and the time. He got off at the next stop.

    I got off the one after that with my hands shaking and tears in my eyes and found a transport worker, who advised me to go to the transport office, but they were absolutely useless. They made me feel worse by saying I shouldve called the police at the time and there was nothing they could do. I left shaking like a leaf and called my boyfriend in tears. I felt like my reaction was silly as I wasnt hurt, or even the victim, but I was just so shocked. I felt sick, angry and guilty that I hadnt reacted in the right way. I decided to go to the police anyway, but they werent able to do anything.

    Then, a year later, just the other week who should I spot on the metro? The same man. At first I thought I was imagining it since the first incident I had often thought Id seen him again and it was always my imagination. Then I realised he was wearing the same clothes.

    Right before my eyes, he walked in my direction and stood directly in front of me, behind another young woman. I stared at his back incredulous. Could this really be happening again?

    Sure enough, he was masturbating behind his open jacket. This time, I felt a surge of anger he was still doing this. I approached him and said loudly and firmly: Hey, I know what youre doing and Im calling the police.

    He immediately moved to the next train doorway trying to get away from me but I followed and got out my phone. As soon as the doors opened, he started to run, so I chased him. He ran in a loop and got back on the same train. Unfortunately the doors closed seconds before I could get back on. So, I tried to warn other passengers through the window and then called the police.

    They took all my details and a description, and told me they had police checking the next station but that I may be called to make a statement. Last week I went through the whole process again and asked to look through just over a hundred photos of men who have been arrested for similar crimes. Once again, I was unable to identify him. They said they will try and identify him from CCTV, but I dont hold out much hope.

    Laura, Cologne

    Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

    I began to get really frightened for my safety

    Getting on the last, packed, train home from a concert, I managed to find a seat next to a window and promptly fell into a light sleep. I was aware of the train making stops and of people getting on and off. As usual, I kept my bag on my lap, wrapping its handle around my wrist to make it harder for anyone to pinch. I was also aware of an older gentleman in a suit, who got on the train and sat next to me, placing his suitcase upright on his lap.

    At some point the train lurched, waking me up with a jolt. I realised that there was a hand on my stomach, hidden to other passengers by my bag. I jumped in shock and felt the hand slide away.

    I thought I was being robbed, so I checked my bag to make sure all the contents were there, then sat and tried to work out what had just happened. It felt as though a hand had been rubbing my stomach. The only person it could have belonged to was the man next to me, who was staring straight ahead as if nothing had happened. I decided I had imagined it, but sat up straighter and kept an eye on the man out of the corner of my eye.

    I watched him, well hidden by his suitcase, as he slowly reached his hand down to his side and gently stroke my thigh with his little finger, then several fingers, then his whole hand.

    The first time this happened I made an exaggerated yawning gesture and pushed him away. The second time, I turned to stare at him. The third time, I began to get really frightened for my safety and started to imagine everyone in the packed carriage was aware of what he was doing and were all part of his scheme.

    At this point, I turned my full body towards him and, in a voice which was meant to carry but which actually came out as a whisper, said: Could you please stop touching me?

    He moved his hand, nodded, and got off the train at the next station.

    I cried all the way back to my final destination.

    Anonymous, West Sussex

    His fingers in my hair and his smile haunted me for days

    I was on the tram, on my way back to my shared flat, when I started to feel the back of my hair moving. At first I thought it was caused by a breeze or the air conditioning, but then I clearly felt fingers playing with my hair. I turned around and I was faced with a man smiling at me. His smile made my blood run cold.

    I did not dare react further as the tram was almost empty – late-night service – and as I had to walk a few minutes to reach my flat once I stepped out.

    He stepped out of the tram one stop before I did, but he took time to look at me. His fingers in my hair and his smile haunted me for days – and still do.

    CeB, Belgium

    Some names have been withheld or changed to protect anonymity. To report anything which makes you feel uncomfortable on transport in the UK, contact the British Transport Police by text on 61016 or call 101.

    Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/21/i-cried-all-the-way-back-to-my-final-destination-sexual-harassment-on-public-transport

    Combing human genome reveals roots of hair diversity

    Study into genes linked to hair types, beard thickness and monobrows paves way for new forensic techniques, as well as more commercial beauty uses

    A haul of genes that underpin the diversity of human hair has emerged from a major study into our follicular foundations.

    Scientists trawled through the genomes of more than 6,000 people to find versions of genes linked to straight hair, curly hair, grey hair, no hair, thick and thin beards, and glorious, arching monobrows.

    The findings provide the deepest insight yet into the roots of human hair types, and pave the way for drugs that slow or prevent certain changes, such as greying, before hairs even appear on the scalp. One gene spotted by the study, known as IRF4, is the first to be linked to grey hair.

    People spend a lot of money changing their hair colour, but all of it goes on bleach or dyes, said Kaustubh Adhikari, a geneticist on the study at University College London. What this shows is that there is a genetic component to hair greying, and that raises the possibility of drugs that act on the hair internally, so it is already the colour you want when it comes out.

    The size of the hair-products market suggests the idea will find many fans, but not everyone is overjoyed at the prospect. I cant help feeling a little disappointed that the wonderful breakthroughs in genetics research are likely to be commercially exploited in the interests of hair colouring (or not), said Mary Beard, the Cambridge classics professor who has become a champion for the act of going grey.

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    The illustrations show the seven hair features examined in the study, and the lines connect these features with the genetic regions associated with each trait. Illustration: Kaustubh Adhikari, Emiliano Bellini and Andres Ruiz-Linares

    By connecting particular genes to distinctive hair shapes, shades and patterns, the new information is expected to help forensics specialists work up facial profiles of crime suspects based on DNA they leave behind. Should murder ever strike Sesame Street,for example, a variant of the PAX3 gene found at the scene could be good news for tufty-haired Ernie, but not for monobrowed Bert.

    The story of human migration and evolution is written in hair DNA. In sub-Saharan Africa, genes favour tight, curly hair. But in east Asia, mutations have led to straighter, thicker hair. In Europe, other mutations brought wavy and straw-coloured hair. The changes mirror the different climates and the pressures of sexual selection.

    Adhikari and his colleagues examined the DNA of 6,357 people from Latin America. The region is a genetic melting pot, with populations from European, Native American and sub-Saharan African ancestors. To find genes for different hair types, there can be few better places to look.

    Having made detailed notes about the volunteers hair, including the colour and shape, and for men, the nature of their beards, eyebrows and monobrows, the scientists hunted for genes that might underpin the differences. They describe 18 in total, 10 of which appear to be new, according to a report in Nature Communications.

    The gene for greying hair, IRF4, has a role in making melanin, the pigment that governs the colour of eyes, hair and skin. But the gene alone does not make hair grey, the study found.

    Another gene, named PRSS53, affects the curliness of hair, while others influence balding, beard and eyebrow thickness, and the formation of a monobrow.

    Adhikari said that while no single gene determines hair colour, further work in the area could help scientists understand the more complex pathway that does have an effect. If we can elucidate that pathway, the proteins or enzymes involved could become targets for drugs that control hair colour, he said.

    David Balding, a senior author on the study at UCL, said: Its exciting that we are finally beginning to figure out the nuts and bolts of genetics underlying normal human variation. If that feeds into the cosmetics industry thats just a reflection of the world we live in – it already absorbs a huge fraction of the worlds resources. It will also lead to innovations in forensics: the possibility to predict features of someone who left DNA at a crime scene. I think the new knowledge is exciting and will lead to good outcomes.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/mar/01/combing-human-genome-reveals-roots-of-hair-diversity

    This Happy Pomeranian Getting A Haircut Is Actually The Cutest Thing Ever

    Whoever thought to give a Pomeranian a buzzcut is a f*cking genius. Fluffy and feathery, they were always cute before, but with trimmed looks, they’re a whole new kind of cuddly butterball.

    The Facebook pagePeace & Love posted a video of one little pompom having the time of his life at the salon. As his stylist trims his puffy coat, he blisses out, smiling with his eyes half-closed.He’s so freakishly cute, you may start biting at your screen.

    Who knows when or where this puppy magic occurred, but the video is posted below for your viewing pleasure.

    The cutest customer ever…. LoL

    Posted by Peace & Love on Monday, February 8, 2016

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    This Hairy Looking Fluff-Ball Is Surprisingly Dangerous

    It looks something like a toupee that blew off on a windy day, but the caterpillar stage of Megalopyge opercularis is a very real insect. Commonly known as the puss caterpillar, due to its resemblance to a fluffy house cat, these little creatures are anything but friendly.

    The reason why it’s so important to know about them is because they look quite cute and it’s quite amusing to watch them wriggle their way up a tree or across the top of a fence. This attraction can pose a hazard to curious children, because those fluffy-looking hairs are actually spikes, loaded with venom.

    Reactions to the venom typically aren’t fatal, but can be quite severe. They cover anything from a localized, itching, burning rash at the site of the stings, to a full-body mess of burning, tingling, chest pains, blisters, headache, nausea, and more! The best thing you can do if you see one is to avoid it and warn others who may be nearby. If you or someone with you has come into contact, the first thing you should do is try to find some cellophane tape, which can be used to remove the venomous barbs. Then, take an antihistamine and seek medical attention right away.

    Be sure to SHARE this important information with your friends and family!

    H/T: USA TODAY

    Read more: http://www.wimp.com/this-hairy-looking-fluff-ball-is-surprisingly-dangerous/

    Learn How To Do This Fancy Hairstyle Yourself With Just Two Simple Braids

    Finding a balance between stylish and simple might be the most complicated feat of all. Everyone is expected to have an effortless beauty, but we all know that even those who exude that kind of beautyhave some kind of routine that they go through to make themselves feel good. Think of all the makeup tutorials you’ve seen that show you how to apply a “natural look,” or how to find a style that’s not tryingtoohard.

    My philosophy is that you should follow whatever routine makes you happy! If you want to look effortless, follow that path. If you want to look glamorous, be my guest! If you want to only ever wear jeans and a white T-shirt, with your hair pulled back in a ponytail, I’m sure you’ll pull it off with style and grace.

    However, if you want to look glamorous without the time and effort it takes to really get dolled up, learning a few quick hairstyle tips might be the very key you’re looking for.

    This hairstyle in particular looks like it took a very long time to perfect. However, it really only took a few short minutes and a bit of knowledge on how to braid. Hint: if you can do a fishtail braid, and if you can do a Dutch braid, you can do this hairstyle. Just grab some clear hair ties and a bobby pin or two and you’re on your way!

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    Hidden Rainbow Dye: The Beautifully Sneaky Hairstyle With A Dash Of Color

    The week before my best friend’s wedding, I did something I had been dreaming about since I was 15: I dyed my hair a vibrant, bright shade of purple. My best friend didn’t mind, of course. My mom, on the other hand, would only admit the color was pretty… but not for hair. I recently ditched it for a darker shade of brown, but I’m still glad I finally made the plunge!

    Experimenting with hair colors is one of the most fun things a person can do. The options are practically limitless, depending on how much you’re willing to alter your natural look. You can try somesubtle, ethereal mermaid-inspired tresses, or go all in for some awesome neon action! As my dad usedstay, quoting the Bible of course, a woman’s hair is her crown of glory: so make your crown look as fabulous as you want! That might not be what my dad meant, but I certainly believe it.

    After spotting this new trend, I’m definitely think about giving my hairdresser a call. It’s sort of a mixture of the two examples above, both subtle and dazzling at the same time. The trick is hiding the rainbow colors in between two layers of your hair to add a sneaky dash of excitement to your locks. I’ve thought about doing this with just one color, but seeing the old ROYGBIV on display on these ladies, I’m totally inspired to mix it up a little more!

    Take a look below and be sure to SHARE the gorgeousnew look with your friends!

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    How To Pick A Lock With Just A Hairpin

    Weve all seen the movies where a lock is poked around with a hairpin and the door miraculously opens. But how realistic is this?

    This tutorial video byNightHawkInLight shows how you can simply open a conventional key lock with nothing more than two hairpins. The guide uses a transparent lockin this video to demonstrate the mechanism of the lock pins and how to work around them. The video makes the task lookdeceptively, if not worryingly, easy. But remember:without the see-through lock, you’ll essentially be doing it blindfolded, insteadrelying on just your ears and sense of touch.

    Check out the video below. Just dont go using your newfound powerson other peoples locks, otherwise youll probably have a hard time explaining that you’re not trying to rob the place.

    Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/how-pick-long-just-pair-hairpins

    Haircuts trimmed by gender-neutral pricing – BBC News

    Image caption Klara Vanova believes hairdressers should give customers the exact style they ask for

    Coco Chanel once said a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.

    The most immediate change she’ll notice is a minor black hole in her finances.

    The cost of a simple cut and blow dry for a woman is typically around 50 in London, though admittedly cheaper elsewhere. But it’s almost always significantly less expensive if you’re a man. Why?

    The price of going to a hairdresser has traditionally been higher if you’re a woman wanting an elaborate hairstyle, but as men become more choosy about their coiffure, that distinction no longer always holds true.

    One barber shop in north London is joining a growing trend of charging for the style, not the gender of the head being coiffured.

    Klara Vanova, originally from the Czech Republic, runs Barberette, in Hackney, which she describes as a “hairdressing hub, not a salon” and is a gender neutral barber shop.

    She set up her business in 2012 “because of my experience having short hair myself”.

    “I have found it absolutely terrifying to go to the hairdressers and ask them for the haircut I want. They will persuade me that the haircut will look too masculine on me, or it will not suit me or it will be too short.

    “We offer barber haircuts, which are sharp, clippered haircuts, as well as long hair or texturising haircuts and we don’t put the gender on them. We put our foot down saying, well, why would you be charged more?

    “So we offer the haircut the client wants, or if a woman wants very short hair, she knows she can come to us and we give her exactly that, as short as she wants or as long as she wants or as long as he wants.”

    Image caption The National Hairdressers’ Federation says specialist techniques can require different pricing

    Klara also says it is “unbelievable” that hairdressing remains a “very genderised profession” in an age when identity is broken down not only into men and women but into lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

    “We have a strong following from the LGBTQ community because they mostly find issues, or they find challenges at a hairdresser, again because it’s so genderised. They didn’t know where to go.

    “Traditionally in hairdressing, women are charged much more than men, and if they challenge it then they say, oh, women’s hair is different. So I would like to say, there is no difference between men and women haircuts or hair. It is just simply that in the hairdressing industry you will pay more if you are a woman.”

    The truth is it doesn’t all boil down to how long it takes to style the hair. It’s more to do with what economists call price discrimination: people who are willing to pay a higher price will end up being charged more. And women are often happier to spend more on their personal care than men, or were in the past.

    But this particular curl of the hairdressing world might be getting straightened out.


    Hairdressing, barbering and beauty industry

    • Contributes 7bn to UK economy
    • Provides flexible employment for 300,000 people (part-time and self-employed)
    • 40,000 businesses in the sector – a quarter in London and the South East
    • Two-thirds of hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses have annual turnover of less than 99,000
    • A quarter have turnover between 100,000 and 250,000
    • Hairdressing and barbering are fifth most popular independent start-ups, with salons eighth most popular
    • According to 2014 survey, average charge for a cut and blow dry was 35.59 and a cut, colour and blow dry was 89.54

    Source: National Hairdressers’ Federation


    A qualification was introduced by City and Guilds last year called Hairdressing and Barbering (NVQ) (6008), which it says “does not qualify [students] to be a barber, but does prepare them for working in a salon that carries out services on male and female clients”.

    And the Supercuts chain of hairdressers also has one price list, which applies to both genders. So, the company says, if you are a man with long hair, you’ll pay the same price for a cut and blow dry as if you are female. Equally, a woman who wants a buzz cut pays the same as a male customer.

    Jackie Lang, managing director of Regis UK which owns Supercuts, says this approach is growing in popularity among many hair and beauty salons.

    “We are seeing the emergence of gender-neutral hair and beauty trends within the social landscape, so providing one generic pricing system helps us to promote fairness and equality throughout our salons,” she said.

    Image caption A new qualification is teaching students to work in salons which serve men and women

    The Toni&Guy hairdresser chain charges more for women to receive a cut and blow dry than men, although prices do vary between different salons.

    Its general manager, Brenda Mail, said the cost of its haircuts is determined by “the length of time you are in the salon and being looked after by a technician or stylist”.

    She added: “Traditionally, women would experience a longer appointment, due to the length of time it took to blow dry their hair and the techniques for cutting and colouring used.

    “However, these days the difference in price for men and women is getting less all the time, as men are taking more and more time in the salon chair.”

    Image caption Some salons say the length of time spent on a woman’s hair means they must pay more

    A spokeswoman for the National Hairdressers’ Federation (NHF), the UK trade body for the hairdressing, barbering and beauty business, said some services historically associated with female clients, such as perms and colour, are now becoming more common in men’s hairdressing.

    “The costs should not vary just because of their gender, so men using these more complex services can expect to pay the higher prices women typically pay to cover their stylist’s time, skills and the products used,” she said.

    But the NHF says that one of the most common services for female clients is a cut, colour and blow dry, which can take two to three hours.

    It says factors such as the varying costs of colouring hair, a detailed consultation process and an application involving “specialist techniques which can take years to master” means many salons separate the costs of service on their menus, whether for men, women or colour services.

    “However, gender-neutral price lists do help to dispel the myth that men and women are charged different prices, and make it clear that the price reflects the amount of time taken, the skills needed and the products used, not the client’s gender,” the spokeswoman added.


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