# Tuesday, December 29, 2009

article-1238493-07B52DB5000005DC-670_634x529This is an interesting idea, its a see through toaster. The toaster cooks the bread between two sheets of glass so that it is possible to see how well done your toast is and prevent you burning it. It currently only take one slice of bread at a time, however, so may not be that practical for day to use.

posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 2:17:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, December 28, 2009

According to this article the public will soon be able to shoot parakeets. The birds are due to be added to an updated list of pests meaning that people will be able to kill them on their own property without a licence. The parakeets have become something of a pest in parts of the UK and have been blamed for wrecking fruit crops and threatening the nesting sites of native birds. A total of 63 species will be added to the list of alien pests in April, these include the European eagle owl, Chinese water deer the wild boar and some plants such as the rhododendron.

posted on Monday, December 28, 2009 11:38:37 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, December 27, 2009

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We have lost lots of Christmas decorations over the years but so far none have ever ended up inside one of our cats. This cat, however, managed to eat a Christmas decoration and had to have it removed. The cat began suffering chronic sickness and an X-ray found a Christmas tree decoration in her abdomen. After surgery to remove it the cat seems to be doing fine but its worth being cautious with your decorations around your pets this Christmas.

posted on Sunday, December 27, 2009 12:25:54 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, December 26, 2009

According to this article a study has been carried out which has concluded that angels and fairies would be unable to fly. Angels and cherubs that are depicted with small feather wings would apparently be unable to take off because they would be too heavy. They would also lack the powerful muscles that they would need to be able to beat their wings. fairies on the other hand would be unable to cope with the distortion of the thorax needed for flight in fairies with butterfly wings. So it seems if angels should exist then they would stay firmly on the ground.

posted on Saturday, December 26, 2009 1:17:12 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 24, 2009

article-1235996-079B8C08000005DC-247_306x655 This is an interesting idea its a dress that you can decorate yourself. It has been created by fashion designer Berber Soepboer and graphic designer Michiel Schuurman. The dress features a black and white design and comes with several coloured fabric markers so that you can decorate it as you choose. It is available in four sizes and costs £250.

posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009 1:06:04 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, December 23, 2009

According to this article feeding the birds can affect the way that they evolve. Scientists have carried out a study on blackcaps which has found that they follow a different evolutionary path if they spend the winter eating food people have put out for them. The birds normal wintering ground is in southern Spain where they would feed on the fruit that grows there but some birds are now wintering in the UK because they can survive on the food we leave out on our bird tables. Studies have found that those birds which do this are now in the early stage of forming a new species. As the UK is closer to the birds breeding ground these birds also return early and claim the better territory than those that winter in Spain. The researcher found that the two groups of birds have different chemical signatures and have formed two distinct populations even down to the fact that they only mate within their own group. There are also differences emerging in the birds beak, wings and plumage with the birds that winter in the UK having rounder wings and longer narrower beaks more adapted to eating seeds and fat from bird feeders. It will be interesting to revisit this story in the future to see whether they have evolved further.

posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 11:23:29 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, December 22, 2009

According to this article marriage could actually be good for your health. Psychologists have found that people that are married are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. However, those who end their marriage are more likely to suffer from mental disorders when the relationship ends.

posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 3:29:31 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, December 21, 2009

According to this article some British sausages are made up of as much as a third fat and only 32 per cent meat. The rest of the sausage is usually made up of ground wheat rusk which is used as a bulking agent to cut costs and improve the texture of the sausage. A study has been carried out on 36 brands of sausages including the country’s biggest sellers to find out exactly what goes into them. Researchers for the journal Meat Science looked at the packaging for information on meat fat and salt content. On average the sausages contained 62 per cent meat but four of the sausages that were looked at had less than 50 per cent and the worst one had less than a third pork. The study did not identify the different brands but did reveal that the two sausages with the lowest meat content were Asda Smart Price with 34% pork and Sainsbury’s Chipolatas with 32% pork.

posted on Monday, December 21, 2009 11:26:44 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback