As much as we'd love to stand in the shower all day while our robot butler wrote these snarky posts, it's pretty unconscionable to waste a kiddie pool's worth of water on a daily basis (not to mention the fact that we don't actually have a robot butler nor any desire to be taunted with "pruneface" remarks). Well even though we can't while away the hours under a soothing stream of aqua, a new invention out of Australia may at least help us prolong what has unfortunately become the best part of our day; since the aerated showerhead invented by researchers at Melbourne's CSIRO Manufacturing Materials Technology uses 30% less water than traditional fixtures, we'd be able to take a 30% longer shower each morning (does that also translate to 30% more cleanliness?). The CSIRO team's device employs a so-called Venturi tube to mix air into each water droplet -- essentially creating hollow drops -- but differs from previous implementations in that test subjects "detected no difference in water pressure, sensation, or overall perception of showering." CSIRO is currently looking for a manufacturing partner to mass produce the ~AUD$20 ($15) unit, so we're putting our bosses on notice right now that we'll soon be 30% later to work than we normally are.

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