Either six people in fur coats were wandering around Yellowstone National Park on Christmas Day or this is actual footage of Bigfoot and his family.
On Christmas Day in 2016, a few friends were watching the livestream of Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. They were hoping to get a good look at the most famous geyser in the world, but instead, they got a glimpse of a large, hairy creature lumbering out of the forest. To make matters even weirder, it was soon followed by five similar figures.
Although they certainly could be normal people, the shape of their bodies and their movements don’t appear to be human. And if they are just regular old people, you have to wonder — what the hell were they doing out there?
The person who uploaded the video wrote, “It’s up to the viewer to determine, whether or not, they’re human but my gut tells me they’re not.”
It’s a month since Christmas and many people have redundant phones and laptops languishing in drawers around the house. Each year Britons throw away two million tonnes of electronic waste. But is there a solution to dumping them in landfill?
It can often seem easier – not to mention cheaper – to replace old technology with newer, shinier models.
But a growing number of people are instead choosing to repair their slow computer or failing phone. Events around the UK are springing up, teaching people how to repair their outmoded technology.
“Our mission is for people to keep stuff for longer,” says Janet Gunter, co-founder of the Restart Project in London, which holds community events during which volunteers help people repair their electronics.
Check the fuse and swap it for one from another device you know is working
Check the batteries the same way, even if you’ve just bought them
Check the battery holder – if it’s dirty or is bent out of shape and no longer connecting, clean it or bend it back into shape
If it works intermittently, maybe a wire is loose inside the plug or the wires have got damaged. Confirm this by wriggling the mains lead to see if it temporarily fixes the problem. If so, replace the plug or mains lead
Read the instructions. There may be a fuse inside the device that can be replaced, a reset button hidden somewhere or a setting that needs changing
Take it to a repair group where it can be looked at by an expert
“We encourage [people] to reuse stuff and if something is broken to sell it for parts,” said Ms Gunter.
Volunteer Dave Lukes has been involved for three years, inspired by his passion for the “challenge of fixing” things, as well as the environmental issues.
“The amount of stuff we throw away is just ridiculous,” he said. “The numbers are just incomprehensible.”
Laptops and games consoles are items people typically want to repair.
“One of the great things is to see people with things like laptops,” said Mr Lukes. “They are small enough to be very mysterious, but you can open them up to see what the bits are.
“Quite a few people come through with laptops and they are fascinated that they can fix them with your help.
“It is very empowering for people to see that they can fix things.”
The Repair Cafe movement began in Amsterdam in 2009 and has spread around the world, including more than 30 registered groups in the UK.
To date, about 1,500 people have taken along more than 2,200 household and personal items to be examined and assessed. It is used not only use it as an opportunity to fix things, but to meet with like-minded people, enjoy a coffee and make new friends.
Roman Iwanczuk, a retired electronics engineer, has helped out at the cafe since it started.
“I just believe that we throw away far too much stuff that can be relatively easily fixed if you have the knowledge to do so,” he said.
Technology journalist David McClelland said while finding the time to repair items could be difficult, “very little beats the sense of satisfaction” of fixing something yourself.
But he says manufacturers do not make it easy for people to repair devices.
“The trend for miniaturisation and portability in consumer technology – squeezing more power, battery life, screen real-estate into ever smaller devices – means that they become increasingly difficult to repair or replace components,” he said.
“Take your new smartphone or tablet for example.
“While it’s not impossible to take these complex devices apart – to replace a cracked screen, for example, or a worn battery – it’s not something that is actively encouraged. The likes of Apple, Google or Samsung don’t publish the equivalent of a Haynes Workshop Manual for smartphone disassembly, preferring instead that you come to one of their retail stores or service centres; or buy a new model altogether.
“Even if you do persist and open up your phone, repair can be very fiddly requiring specialist tools and custom replacement parts. Again, not impossible, but the bar is fairly high and that’s probably why an industry of smartphone repair shops has popped up.”
But he adds that repair events are about far more than just fixing things. From community spirit, to helping the environment and retaining important skills.
“Repair cafs help build life-skills and, as they are often organised by local residents and volunteers, community values too,” he added.
“What’s more repairs, recycles and upcycles mean fewer items for landfill: good news for the environment.”
UK prices for generic cancer drugs have risen sharply in the past five years, restricting their use in treating NHS patients, research from the European Cancer Congress has found.
Drugs such as tamoxifen and bulsufan are now 10 times more expensive despite no longer being under patent.
The British Generic Manufacturers Association said trusts often paid much less than the list price.
It said the NHS had benefited from competition over generic drugs.
But the UK researchers said NHS negotiations with drug companies were failing to contain costs, and getting access to cheaper drugs would allow more people to be treated with more modern medicines.
They estimated that the cost of these price rises to the NHS in England was around 380m a year – which only included community-based prescribing, not hospital prescribing.
Drugs start off being on-patent, and their high prices allow pharmaceutical companies to profit from their investments in research and development.
After patents have expired and generic versions are sold, the theory is that drug prices should fall close to the cost of production.
However, because of high drug prices, the NHS is often not able to approve some new cancer drugs for use.
New treatments then have to be rationed.
Dr Andrew Hill, senior research fellow in pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of Liverpool, and Melissa Barber from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, collected prices on medicines available on the NHS for their presentation at the cancer conference.
They discovered that busulfan, which is used to treat leukaemia, cost 21p per tablet in 2011 and 2.61 in 2016.
Tamoxifen, used to treat breast cancer, cost 10p per tablet in 2011 and 1.21 in 2016.
Of 89 cancer medicines looked at in the analysis, 21 showed price rises from 2011 to 2016 – with 17 of those classified as generic.
Fourteen generic cancer drugs showed price rises of more than 100%.
And compared with prices for the same drugs in India, the UK drugs were roughly 20 times more expensive.
Dr Hill said he was surprised to find several companies had consistently raised the prices of cancer treatment.
“We have found that some companies take over the supply of some generic cancer medicines and then raise the price progressively,” he said.
He said this was “worrying”, particularly when the Cancer Drugs Fund is under pressure from high prices.
But Warwick Smith, director-general of the British Generic Manufacturers Association, said the actual prices paid by hospitals were usually much lower than the list prices.
He said the tendered price paid by hospitals for tamoxifen 10mg tablets is 4.85 for a pack of 30, or 16p per tablet.
“Generic competition in the oncology market has produced very significant savings for the NHS and generated access for patients to medicines such as tamoxifen which can be used to reduce the risk of breast cancer and not just to treat it.
“In the case of generic medicines used in hospitals, it is important to distinguish between the actual price paid by trusts and the much higher list prices often quoted.”
The Health Services Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill, currently going through Parliament, is designed to allow the NHS to regulate prices in the future.
As a result of the bill, companies found to be raising prices with no clear justification will be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority, and could face fines.
There is a similar situation in other European countries.
In Spain and Italy, failure to accept the high prices demanded for some generic treatments has led to warnings from companies that they could stop their supply.
“At a time when cancer patients are living longer and better lives due to effective treatments, this situation is particularly worrying,” Dr Hill said.