Biodegradeable Chewing Gum Goes On Sale In Britain

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A healthier earth friendly option for gum

It is an environmental scourge that saddles local government with clean-up bills running into hundreds of thousands of pounds. But today the world’s first biodegradable chewing gum is arriving on British supermarket shelves, potentially putting to an end the sticky mess caused by the conventional product.

Chicza Rainforest Gum is manufactured in Mexico by Consorcio Chiclero – a consortium of 56 co-operatives employing some 2,000 chicleros (gum farmers) and their families. The workers extract natural gum from the sap of the chicle tree, which is then used to make the product.

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Using Music to Ease Blood Pressure Problems

Using Music to Ease Blood Pressure Problems

 Using your blood pressure as an excuse for listening to music.  Cool idea!

If your blood pressure is high, do not fret. Just breathe slowly, turn on some quiet, slow rhythmic music and watch your blood pressure tumble drastically.

According to researchers at the American Society of Hypertension’s 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition (ASH 2008), patients with mild hypertension who listened to just half an hour of classical, Celtic or raga music a day for four weeks experienced significant reductions in 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure (ABP).
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Drinking Too Much Water Can Be Dangerous

Drinking Too Much Water Can Be Dangerous

There is no clearcut scientific rationale for the average healthy individual to drink a lot of water — and it may be downright harmful — according to two kidney experts.

Drinking a lot of water is claimed to be helpful for everything from clearing toxins and keeping organs in tip-top shape to keeping weight off and improving skin tone. At best, however, the evidence to back up these claims is weak, according to a new scientific review published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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Space Elevator and the Controversial ‘Wobble’ Problem

 Space Elevator and the Controversial ‘Wobble’ Problem

If an elevator stretching from Earth into space could ever be built, it could slash the cost of space travel. But a controversial new study suggests that building and maintaining one would be an even bigger challenge than previously thought, because it would need to include built-in thrusters to stabilize itself against dangerous vibrations.

Photos and video after the jump.

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The Growing Problem of Wind Rights

The Growing Problem of Wind Rights

Twenty years ago few people would have imagined that they could sell the rights to wind blowing across a field. Today, however, wind rights are becoming a hot commodity and the complicated issues of “wind shadows”, “wind poaching”, and “wind wakes” are beginning to pepper the conversations of legal experts involved in this emerging new industry. (w/pics)

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