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Holiday saved after ninth look in pocket finds passport

beating the kids 'didn't help at all'Repeated frantic searches of pockets are the best way to track down mislaid keys, passports, air tickets and credit cards, according to behavioural scientists.

After months spent studying holidaymakers at airport check-in desks, researchers from the University of Strathclyde have concluded that swearing, smacking children and shouting at other passengers also helps locate missing items.

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Posted: Sep 10th, 2009
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World first as British scientists harness drizzle power

limitless supplies of greyness just waiting to be tappedThe rest of the world may be moving towards greater use of solar power or wind power, but renewable energy generation that taps into specific local atmospheric conditions in the UK has leapt forward with a Manchester project that uses drizzle to power street lights.

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Posted: Sep 5th, 2009
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Car-park survey reveals most people in UK now disabled

'Some of my best friends are able-bodied'A survey of parking needs at shops and railway stations has found that over 80 per cent of Britain’s drivers cannot walk more than five yards to a cash machine or shop entrance.

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Posted: Jul 24th, 2009
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Tanning salon’s budget ‘sheep-dip’ claims third victim

'Give me a reverse Michael Jackson, and quick!'Sharon Thwaites failed to emerge from Tan-tastic’s sheep dip-style immersion treatment on Monday. Police divers later recovered the 21-year-old’s body from the bottom of the tank.

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Posted: Jul 22nd, 2009
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Citröen deny problem with ‘non-Transforming’ C4 model

French car maker Citröen has rejected complaints from buyers that its best-selling C4 cars don’t turn into giant robots as advertised on TV. The cars sold in their thousands after TV commercials showed the model transforming into an eight metre tall roller-blading android, but now disappointed owners have flooded the car-maker’s offices with angry phone calls after attempts to make their cars ‘Transform’ ended in disaster.

‘I tried to make my C4 stand up and slide along a crash barrier near my house like it showed on the telly and it broke straight away,’ said one Glasgow motorist.

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Posted: Oct 7th, 2008
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