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Bottled Water is Bad for the Environment

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Clip Source: www.foodandwaterwatch.orgBottled water is not safer


The bottled water industry has created a misconception in the United States that bottled water is cleaner, safer, and healthier than tap water. In fact, both regulation and enforcement of bottled water safety is weaker than of tap water safety. Federal, state, and local environmental agencies require rigorous testing of tap water safety.
Bottled water is bad for the environment
Bottled water wastes fossil fuels and water in production and transport, and when the water is drunk the bottles become a major source of waste. It takes more than 47 million gallons of oil to produce plastic water bottles for Americans every year. Eliminating those bottles would be like taking 100,000 cars off the road and 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
Bottled water is a waste of money.
Bottled water can costs $7.50 to $11.00 per gallon in the supermarket 8 but tap water costs most customers only one-tenth of one cent per gallon.
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Environmentally-Friendly Clubbing

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Clip Source: www.switched.comDancing all night can use up a lot of energy, or create it — at least that’s what a group of Dutch-researchers-cum-nightclub-impressarios hope when they’re done with the Sustainable Dance Club (SDC). Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the researchers and architects behind the SDC are working on creating a club that will use solar power, wind turbines, low-energy-using LED lights, and rain water and clubgoers’ sweat (yes, you heard correctly) to flush toilets.


But the real innovation is to develop a dance floor that creates power out of the pounding feet of dancers. The dance floor would be embedded with sensors that would help generate electricity.
Already, clubs such as Worm in Rotterdam are using sustainable techniques
Worm is built out of 90 percent recycled materials — door handles are re-used bike handlebars, walls are made of old real-estate signs, and the club’s entrance-way is designed to suck in air that is then filtered up to the club’s second floor.
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Baby Mammoth Found Frozen in Russia

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Clip Source: news.nationalgeographic.comAlt tag: picture of mammoth

A Russian hunter traipsing through Russia’s remote Arctic Yamalo-Nenetsk region in May noticed what he thought was a reindeer carcass sticking out of the damp snow.
On closer inspection, the “reindeer” turned out to be a 40,000-year-old baby mammoth, perfectly encased in ice.
The six-month-old female mammoth is the most well-preserved example yet found of the beasts, which lumbered across the Earth during the last Ice Age, 1.8 million to 11,500 years ago.

“It’s a lovely little baby mammoth indeed, found in perfect condition,” Alexei Tikhonov, deputy director of the Russian Academy of Science’s Zoological Institute, told the Reuters news agency.


At 110 pounds (50 kilograms) and 51 inches long (130 centimeters long), the baby is the size of a large dog, Reuters reported.


Scientists are banking on the female—named “Lyuba” after the Russian hunter’s wife—to reveal some of the genetic secrets of the prehistoric giants.


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HeadHoods?

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Clip Source: davidreport.com

HeadHoods are currently being produced in a very small bustling factory located in Brooklyn, New York. Each and every HeadHood is meticulously hand-printed and one-of-a-kind and so HeadHoods are sought out as something truly unique. You know what they say “two heads are better than one” well, we think that “three heads are even better!”


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The Blue-footed Booby

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The Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxi) is perhaps the most comical and charismatic of the booby species. Who can fail to be amused by its incongruous bright blue feet and almost desperate courtship behavior? The famous blue-feet are important in their courtship dances, one aspect of which involves raising the feet up and down, so the whole bird sways from side-to-side. They also engage in dramatic sky-pointing, described below. Blue-footed boobies feed close to shore, so they’re one of the first seabirds seen by Galapagos visitors.


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Ice Cream in a Bag

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Clip Source: www.kidsdomain.comThis project is rated VERY EASY to do.


What You Need
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk or half & half
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons Rock salt
  • 1 pint-size Ziploc plastic bag
  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc plastic bag
  • Ice cubes

How To Make It
  1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
  2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
  3. Place the small bag inside the large one and seal again carefully.
  4. Shake until mixture is ice cream, about 5 minutes.
  5. Wipe off top of small bag, then open carefully and enjoy!

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25 Alternative Uses for Olive Oil

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Clip Source: www.curbly.com


Olive oil also has plenty of uses around your home, outside of the sauté pan. There’s no need to waste your expensive Greek or Spanish Extra Virgin for these tasks, just grab a bottle of inexpensive, domestic olive oil for around-the-house use.
1. Shave.
2. Wood Furniture Polish.
3. Fingernails.
4. Lubricate Measuring Cups and Spoons.
5. Control hair frizz.
6. Free a stuck zipper.
7. Care for your kitty.
8.  DIY Lip balm.
9. Stop Snoring
10. Shine stainless steel and brass.
11. Exfoliate your face and hands.
12. As you bathe.
13. Remove makeup.
14. Cure an earache.
15. Remove paint from your skin.
16. Treat lice.
17. Stop a throat tickle.
18. Fix a squeaky door.
19. Shoe polish.
20. Personal Lubricant.
21. Soften your skin.
22. Easy clean up of garden tools.
23. Condition leather.
24. As a hair tonic.
25. Cure diaper rash.
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Teenager speaks for the first time in ten years

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Clip Source: www.raisingkids.co.ukchild covering lipA thirteen-year-old boy who became an elective mute at the age of three has spoken his first words for over a decade. Ben Grocock was just three-years-old when he threatened to stop talking if his parents brought him into hospital for a tonsillectomy. But he remained true to his word and didn’t speak again for the next ten years.


The breakthrough came during a five-day self-confidence course run by the local fire brigade.
At the end of the course we had a passing out parade and Ben stood up and thanked everybody. It was the first time his grandparents had heard him speak in ten years; it was very emotional for everyone.’
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