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Australian researches find interest in porn

A dirty scientist in Australia has found that pornography and glossy magazines are best - at being preserved in landfill sites.

Researcher Fabiano Ximenes climbed into two festering Sydney dumps to find out how long wood and paper products survive in landfill pits.

He found that old magazines and newspapers could last up to 50 years in a dump and that pornography hardly degraded at all.

To prove his point, he has a 1979 copy of men's magazine Playboy that is in almost perfect condition. He believes that the thick waxy cover helped to preserve it.

His research was funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Accounting to look at how much of the greenhouse gasses are being emitted by landfill sites.

The fact that these materials are not breaking down suggests that emissions may not be as high as previously thought and therefore large amounts of carbon are being stored in paper and wood in landfill sites.

Ximenes said: "The findings are not something we would expect and it has potentially very large implications from several angles, of the landfill perspective, the greenhouse perspective and the carbon trading perspective."

"From a philosophical perspective, you always have to favour recycling because you don't want to create products that you can't do anything with at the end of their life."

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