Midnight In The Desert — hand dryers

Study shows that electric hand dryers do a great job of concentrating bacteria and spraying it all over your hands

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Study shows that electric hand dryers do a great job of concentrating bacteria and spraying it all over your hands

But paper towels are four times as bad for the environment. What's a treehugger to do? Life Cycle Analyses have shown that electric hand dryers are far better for the environment at large than paper towels, but a study sponsored by the paper towel industry showed that (guess what?) electric dryers were also much better at spreading bacteria and viruses. Now Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing points to a new study by researchers at the University of Connecticut that seems independent, and which finds that, as ars technica so delicately put it, hot-air dryers suck in nasty bathroom bacteria and shoot...

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