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Watching movies 'makes you eat more snacks'

Watching an action movie is worse for your waistline than switching on a talk show, new research has found.

A study found that viewing choice has a direct effect on the amount of snacks people consume in front of the TV.

A selection of snacks
Credit: PA

Volunteers gobbled twice as much while glued to a fast-paced action thriller than when they were entertained by celebrities being interviewed.

Lead researcher Dr Aner Tal, from Cornell University in the US, said: "We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking your mouth will see more action too.

"In other words, the more distracting the programme is the more you will eat."

Despite all being offered the same snacks, volunteers watching the action movie also consumed more calories - 354 compared with 215 for participants screened the chat show.

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Astronaut posts amazing timelapse videos from space

An American astronaut has shared videos capturing the breathtaking views of Earth from space.

International Space Station flight engineer Reid Wiseman has been posting timelapse videos taken from aboard the station.

Take a look yourself.

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Clouds cast thousand-mile shadows into the black of #space. A favorite view of ours. @astro_alex http://t.co/lhZhv3zUu3

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Names of first confirmed beach gold finders revealed

Megan Henderson, Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood
Megan Henderson, Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood confirmed as first people to find gold on beach in Folkestone Credit: Folkestone Triennial

The organisers of the Folkestone Triennial gold hunt on a beach in Folkestone have revealed the names of the first people confirmed to have found the precious metal buried in the sand.

Kevin Wood, Kirsty Henderson and her sister Megan Henderson from Canterbury made their discovery at about 7pm on Friday evening. They had been digging for about an hour before low tide. Each gold bar is worth about £500.

'Folkestone Digs' gold bars
The gold before it was buried in the sand Credit: Folkestone Triennial

“My legs went from under me and I started shaking,” Kevin recalled. “I put it quietly in my pocket. We left the beach and half way home, we pulled over for a drink.”

– Kevin Wood, Treasure hunter
Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood
Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood at the Kent beach where they made their discovery Credit: Folkestone Triennial

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