Chemical Pollution Is Causing Otter Penis Bones To Shrink. Hey Humans, You May Be Next!

Cardiff University Otter ProjectWant to motivate the male population to finally rid the planet of pollution? Tell them that a study suggests chemical pollution is adversely (or inversely) affecting the size of an otters’ johnson and could work its way to humans too. From the Daily Mirror:

“Scientists have uncovered a worrying trend in ‘shrinking’ male sex organs in otters – and warn it could start be affecting human men too. Research into the water mammal suggests that modern chemicals may be to blame for the alarming phenomenon of shriveling organs. A report by the Cardiff University Otter Project indicated the animal – one of Britain’s best-loved predator species – is not in the rudest health. Analysis found a decrease in the size of penis bones in male otters along with other changes that gave ’cause for concern’ about the size of sex organs. It questions if endocrine disrupting chemicals – also known as hormone disruptors – could be to blame.”

Guys: for more info, check out the BBC story and bookmarking the Cardiff University Otter Project probably wouldn’t hurt either. [Daily Mirror via Gizmodo]

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World’s Smallest Valentines: A Cupid Made Out Of Carbon Nanotubes.

Cupid made out of carbon nanotubes.

Cupid's arm is the width of a human hair.

Physics students at Brigham Young University are taking the whole reduce idea to a whole new awesome level by making a cupid out of atom’ish carbon nanotubes. Everyone in my family will be getting a carbon nanotube Valentines this year. I’m just going to dump the contents of the vacuum cleaner bag on the table, yell “Happy Valentine’s Day!” and then tell everyone to search for their nano-Valentines. [Inhabitat]

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Dolce & Gabbana Wants To Enhance New Baby Smell Goodness By Selling Unnecessary Baby Perfume.

Dolce & Gabbana baby fragranceDolce & Gabbana has created a $45 fragrance – “with notes of citrus, honey, and melon” – to enhance a baby’s natural smell. Jubbling’s message to D&G: You shouldn’t mess with new baby smell perfection. [NY Daily News via Buzzfeed]


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Plastic Microbeads No More: Unilever Will Phase Out Micro-Plastics From Their Facial Scrubs And Exfoliators.

Microbead Food ChainGood for Unilever – the makers of Dove soaps, Vaseline and Pond’s skin cream has decided to phase out slow-to biodegrade plastic microbeads from their products. Microbeads are used in Unilever produced facial scrubs and personal care products as an exfoliator. After use, the environmentally damaging microbeads enter the waste stream and eventually travel up the marine food chain. Here’s the statement from a Unilever’s website:

“The issue of plastics particles in the ocean is an important issue and we have reviewed the use of micro beads in our portfolio (both current products and those in the pipeline). We have decided to phase out the use of plastic micro beads as a ‘scrub’ material in all of our personal care products. We expect to complete this phase out globally by 2015.”

So what can you do now to avoid plastic microbeads in your facial scrub? According to Sue Kinsey of the Marine Conservation Society, you should read the label carefully and look for natural alternatives such as products that contain sand. [Guardian]

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Chuo Systems Corporation’s $475 Remoca: Watch Your Dog Eat, Drink And Hump Things While You’re At Work.

Remoca pet food dish with panning camera.Cat owners don’t fret – you too can buy the unnecessary $475 Remoca panning camera on a food, treat and water dish system. We have 2 cats and we love them but buying a Remoca and watching them eat, drink and clean their junk remotely on a mobile device would put me at an 11 on the “I need to get a life” scale. I predict the people that are into the kinky role-play stuff are going to be all over the Remoca – still not Jubbling though. [Rocket News]

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Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil Costs $260. We’ll Break It Down For You.

Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil

“The culmination of the history of the pencil is the ‘Perfect Pencil’ from Graf von Faber-Castell. Enjoyment in writing and sketching with the classic pencil means that it should always be sharp. But where to keep the sharpener? The best place, of course, is there where you need it – on the pencil, integrated in the extender, which protects it while making it suitable to keep in your pocket.”
Description of the Graf von Faber-Castell “Perfect Pencil” on ParadisePen.com

Based on this write-up, here’s how the costs break down for the Perfect Pencil:

  • Included cedar pencil: free.
  • Ability to add a replacement eraser: free.
  • Silver or platinum finish: free.
  • Extender with integrated sharpener: $260.

Consuming less and avoiding the Perfect Pencil: Jubbling. [Core77]

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