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Nanofibers improve face mask filtration, but must be replaced often

Nanofibers improve face mask filtration, but must be replaced often

Science
Sept. 7 (UPI) -- New research, published Tuesday in the journal Physics of Fluids, suggests the use of nanofibers can improve the filtration efficiency of face masks, but they must be replaced fairly frequently. With COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates spiking across the United States, health officials are once again encouraging people to wear face masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Since the pandemic began, health experts and material scientists have been trying determine the best ways to filter out viral particles. While N95 masks remain the standard for healthcare workers, single-use masks aren't always practical for the general public. While several studies have shown multiple cloth layers -- or combinations of cloth, silk and chiffon -- provide significa...
Prince William: Banks must do more to protect environment

Prince William: Banks must do more to protect environment

Business
EPAThe Duke of Cambridge has urged banks to "invest in nature" to help fight global climate change. Speaking at an IMF and World Bank meeting, Prince William said protecting nature continued to play only a small part in combating global warming. He said investing in reforestation and sustainable agriculture were "cost effective" ways of tackling the issue. Banks have come under increasing pressure to step up efforts to help fight climate change.Just this week, Barclays' London headquarters was the target of a protest staged by climate activist group Extinction Rebellion. Members held placards and broke several windows as they called on the bank to stop financing fossil fuel companies.Addressing central bankers and finance ministers at the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund ...
Phone companies ‘must do more’ to stop fraud calls

Phone companies ‘must do more’ to stop fraud calls

Business
Phone companies must do more to stop fraudsters who spoof phone numbers to trap victims, one of the UK's top law enforcement officers has said.Graeme Biggar, director general of the National Crime Agency's National Economic Crime Centre, says the UK needs "a step change in our response" to fraud.It costs the economy up to £190bn each year.Phone companies say they are committed to taking action over nuisance calls.Mr Biggar says there has been an "explosion" in the number of criminals spoofing phone numbers in the past 12 months."Phone companies have been used for fraud since they've been invented and it's a constant arms race to stop vulnerabilities and then stop them.Covid fraudsters steal £34.5m in scamsFraudsters 'scammed me out of every penny I had'Fraud epidemic 'is now national secur...
EU turns up the heat on AstraZeneca – and warns company must honour its vaccine contract

EU turns up the heat on AstraZeneca – and warns company must honour its vaccine contract

World
EU leaders have told AstraZeneca that it must "catch up" on vaccine deliveries in Europe before it is allowed to export jabs to other countries. Frustration is growing in Brussels over a massive shortfall in the number of jabs that EU countries are receiving - with the continent's vaccination programme lagging behind the UK. At a news conference, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the trading bloc is determined to get its "fair share" of vaccines. She added: "Companies have to honour their contract to the European Union before they export to other regions in the world. This is of course the case with AstraZeneca."I think it is clear that the company has to catch up and honour the contract it has with the EU member states before it can engage again in exporting vaccines...
Football’s child sex abuse scandal: Survivors say game ‘must learn from mistakes’

Football’s child sex abuse scandal: Survivors say game ‘must learn from mistakes’

Sports
Last updated on 1 minute ago1 minute ago.From the section FootballSurvivors of childhood sexual abuse say football must not be complacent after the release of an independent review into historical abuse in the sport.The review found the Football Association "did not do enough to keep children safe" between 1970 and 2005.Former England international Paul Stewart said football had to ensure "this doesn't happen again".Ex-youth player Ian Ackley said it was "incredibly naive" to think childhood sexual abuse is only in the past.The long-awaited 710-page review, led by Clive Sheldon QC and commissioned by the FA in 2016, found there were "significant institutional failings" by the English game's governing body, which was "too slow" to have sufficient measures put in place to protect children.FA...