Rubber bands vs Water Melon – The Slow Mo Guys

Reality always look better in slow motion. Even the most humdrum events can seem like the most dramatic moment of an action film.

This certainly seems to the opinion of the ‘Slow Mo Guys’, who decided to wrap hundreds and hundreds of elastic bands around a watermelon, bracing themselves for the moment the combined pressure leads a dramatic explosion and red faces all around.

The pair – famed for their love of slow-motion destruction – spent 20 minutes wrapping the bands around the fruit, and then recorded the action with a camera that can take 1,600 images per second.

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How your office computer mouse carries THREE TIMES more germs than a toilet seat

The average computer mouse is three times dirtier than a toilet seat, according to an alarming new study.

Researchers blame the results on workers who dine at their desks, turning work stations into breeding grounds for harmful bugs and germs.

And men are far more filthy than their female counterparts – with 40 per cent more bacteria lurking in male mice.

Keyboards were the second most grubby item in the office, ahead of phones and chairs.

Initial Washroom Hygiene, which carried out the tests, said computer mice also carried twice as many bugs as a toilet flush handle.

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California town set to ban smoking ANYWHERE outside… even in your own backyard

A town in California is proposing to ban smoking outside, even for residents lighting up on their own property.

Smoking is already banned indoors in public places in most of the country, and in California it is illegal to smoke in parks and playgrounds too.

The town of Rocklin, near Sacramento, could take the draconian regulations further by extending them to private property as well.

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North Face jackets ‘using feathers taken from force-fed geese’

A major outdoor clothing brand has been using down from force-fed geese to fill its quilted winter jackets, it has emerged.

The North Face, an American company whose outdoor clothing is worn by the likes of Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie, Sharon Stone and Elle Macpherson as well by numerous BBC reporters, has been found to use down from Hungarian geese farmed for foie gras.

Despite the company assuring customers in the past that the down used in their jackets would never come from a force-fed goose, animal rights campaigners found that the down came from Hungarian farms where geese are fattened using the force-feeding method to make foie gras from their bloated livers.

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Air-quality study: Electric cars out-pollute gas engines

A Chinese study found electric vehicles in China are creating a bigger dent in the environment than gas-burning vehicles.

While electric car sales now outnumber those of conventional gas vehicles two-to-one in China, fine-particle pollution has increased as the “green” cars’ popularity has increased.

Researchers found that generating the electricity used to power an electric car releases more pollution into the atmosphere than burning gasoline to drive. Particulate matter is a fossil-fuel byproduct that includes acids, dust, soil, organic chemicals and metals. The impact an electric car has on the environment is similar to that of a diesel bus, according to the study.

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Uh oh, global warming loons: here comes Climategate II!

Breaking news: two years after the Climategate, a further batch of emails has been leaked onto the internet by a person – or persons – unknown. And as before, they show the “scientists” at the heart of the Man-Made Global Warming industry in a most unflattering light. Michael Mann, Phil Jones, Ben Santer, Tom Wigley, Kevin Trenberth, Keith Briffa – all your favourite Climategate characters are here, once again caught red-handed in a series of emails exaggerating the extent of Anthropogenic Global Warming, while privately admitting to one another that the evidence is nowhere near as a strong as they’d like it to be.

In other words, what these emails confirm is that the great man-made global warming scare is not about science but about political activism. This, it seems, is what motivated the whistleblower ‘FOIA 2011’ (or “thief”, as the usual suspects at RealClimate will no doubt prefer to tar him or her) to go public.

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Showering to save water? Think again!

Power showers use twice as much energy as a bath – exposing the myth that showers are always greener, research suggests.

A study into the habits of British families has found that some showers also use nearly twice as much water as the average bath.

While an average bath uses 80 litres of water, some power showers can use up to 136 litres of water in an eight-minute wash.

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Climate change actually boosts human evolution as it forces us to move to new areas and work together

Climate change over the past two million years has boosted human evolution by forcing us to adapt to changing conditions and allowing us to migrate to new areas.

Researchers found that far from hindering our development, periods when the earth is either cooling or warming up have actually been highly beneficial.

As well as prompting us to migrate changes in climate have also forced humans to evolve culturally by encouraging us to learn to work together.

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