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Boohoo starts review after Next and Asos desert it

Boohoo starts review after Next and Asos desert it

Business
Fast fashion brand Boohoo has ordered an independent review of its UK supply chain following reports of poor working conditions at a factory in Leicester.It comes after retailers Next and Asos dropped Boohoo goods from their stores amid claims workers were underpaid and not socially distancing.Boohoo, which said it was "shocked and appalled" by the allegations, has asked a senior barrister to lead the review.Shares in the firm have dropped by almost half this week.It comes after a Sunday Times report claimed workers at a Leicester factory that supplied clothes to Boohoo were paid just £3.50 an hour, while being offered no protection from coronavirus. Big problem at Leicester factories, say workers Boohoo dropped by Next, Asos and Zalando The factory was a
Bloodhound takes first drive across the desert

Bloodhound takes first drive across the desert

Science
The Bloodhound supersonic car has completed its first drive across the Hakskeen dry lake in South Africa.Pilot Andy Green took the jet-powered vehicle on a gentle 100mph (160km/h) shakedown test run on Friday. Bloodhound is in Northern Cape for high-speed trials as it works towards an assault on the land speed record next year.That mark - of 763mph (1,228km/h) - was set 22 years ago, also by Andy Green, in the Thrust SSC car.Thrust broke the sound barrier in the process - the first, and only, car to have achieved the feat. Bloodhound will be run at progressively faster and faster speeds in the coming days as engineers seek to verify its design and the proper working of its subsystems. With a Euro...
Ants living in the Australian desert are ready for ‘insect Armageddon’

Ants living in the Australian desert are ready for ‘insect Armageddon’

Science
July 16 (UPI) -- For 22 years, scientists studied ant populations in the Simpson Desert in northern Australia. Their findings suggest the ant species in the region are surprisingly resilient, capable of thriving amidst variable conditions -- and well prepared, perhaps, for the chance of an insect Armageddon. The term "insect Armageddon" was popularized in the wake of a study conducted in Germany. The study found the biomass of flying insects in German nature preserves declined by 75 percent over the course of 25 years. What the study means for the fate of insects more broadly remains a matter of debate, but plenty of research suggests pollinators like bees, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, moths and more aren't doing so great. An insect Armageddon would be bad news for humans and a...
NASA rover finds life in subsurface soil collected from Mars-like Atacama desert

NASA rover finds life in subsurface soil collected from Mars-like Atacama desert

Science
Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified unique, salt-resistant bacteria living beneath the surface of Chile's Atacama desert, the most Mars-like environment on Earth. Researchers used a robotic rover designed by NASA engineers to successfully collect subsurface soil samples and locate sparse patches of microbes. The test mission will help NASA scientists prepare for the search for life during future planned Mars missions. Both NASA and the European Space Agency plan to launch Martian rover deployment missions in 2020. ESA has been testing rover models in the Moroccan Sahara. During the recent tests in Chile, researchers found small patchers of microbes living in water-starved, nutrient-poor soils beneath the desert surface. "We have shown that a robotic rover can recover subsurface s...