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Now, it’s easy to wash off chewing gum

A UK company has invented a chewing gum, which can be easily removed by using water.
Pioneering Flintshire-based company Revolymer said that its product adds a new polymer to the mix which makes it far easier to remove and quicker to degrade.

Some 9,000 tonnes of chewing gum is disposed of in Britain each year, with up to 80 per cent of that ending up littering the streets.

The product has “the same chewing texture and flavour release as standard gum, you wouldn’t know the difference,” said Roger Pettman, Revolymer’s chief executive.
Revolymer’s gum has now been approved by US food safety authorities and is going though the final stages of approval in Europe. Pettman hopes to have this new product on sale in Europe in 2011.

Boris Johnson, London mayor, said chewing gum “casts an unsightly stain on our beautiful city” at a meeting with litter campaigners and gum-makers. Revolymer has been working on the product for four years, at a cost of 10 million pounds.

Hot cuppa after exercise good for mental health
A hot cuppa after a gruelling exercise session might just be the perfect mix for the brain in old age, according to a research.

US scientists found that physical activity and regular consumption of tea or coffee both protect against mental decline.

A team led by Dr Zaldy Tan, Harvard Medical School, Boston, followed the progress of 1,200 elderly men and women with an average age of 76.The researchers conducted health checks after an average of 10 years, which showed that those who engaged in moderate to heavy levels of exercise had a 40 per cent lower risk of developing dementia than the least physically active.
The trend was more prominent in men than in women
“Whether it be a round of golf, a brisk walk or a session on the treadmill, 30 minutes of exercise five times a week can be beneficial at any age,” said Professor Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer’s Society.
“The best way to reduce your risk is to combine exercise with a healthy diet, not smoke, and have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly,” she added.

Grammar baffles even native English speakers
Do you think you understand basic grammar of English just because it’s your native language? A new study said that even native speakers have difficulty identifying the meaning of passive sentences, such as “the soldier was hit by the sailor”.
One reason for this could be that less-educated native English speakers have less experience of grammar. “Regardless of educational attainment or dialect, we are all supposed to be equally good at grammar, in the sense of being able to use grammatical cues to understand the meaning of sentences,” said researcher Ewa Dabrowska.
“If a significant proportion of the population does not understand passive sentences, then notices and other forms of written information may have to be rewritten and literacy strategies changed,” she added.

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