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Scientists tackle the sound of a leaky faucet

Scientists tackle the sound of a leaky faucet

Science
June 22 (UPI) -- Why is the sound of a leaky faucet so loud and annoying? Scientists finally have an answer -- and a solution. The sound made by a dripping faucet isn't produced by the droplet itself, researchers found, but by a tiny pocket of air trapped beneath the water's surface. The miniature bubble causes the water to oscillate, producing a distinct sound. "A lot of work has been done on the physical mechanics of a dripping tap, but not very much has been done on the sound," Anurag Agarwal, an engineer at the University of Cambridge, said in a news release. "But thanks to modern video and audio technology, we can finally find out exactly where the sound is coming from, which may help us to stop it." Agarwal, who studies acoustics and aerodynamics as they relate to aerospace and bio...
Wates review to tackle private company pay

Wates review to tackle private company pay

Business
Bosses of private companies such as Sir James Dyson and Sir Philip Green should take account of ordinary workers' pay when awarding themselves lavish remuneration packages, a government-commissioned report will say next week. Sky News has learnt that a review led by James Wates, the chairman of family-owned construction firm Wates Group, will urge unlisted company boards to promote executive remuneration structures aligned to the sustainable long-term success of the business, according to insiders."Remuneration, including benefits, for directors and senior management should consider the broader operating context of the company, including the pay and conditions of the wider workforce," Mr Wates' review is expected to say.The recommendation will send shockwaves through the bo...
Plans for new laws to tackle internet's 'wild west'

Plans for new laws to tackle internet's 'wild west'

Technology
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged new laws to tackle the internet's "wild west" that will make Britain the "safest place in the world" to be online. A new code of practice to tackle bullying, intimidating or humiliating online content could be included in the legislation.Mr Hancock said: "Digital technology is overwhelmingly a force for good across the world and we must always champion innovation and change for the better."At the same time I have been clear that we have to address the wild west elements of the internet through legislation, in a way that supports innovation."We strongly support technology companies to start up and grow, and we want to work with them to keep our citizens safe." ...
Apple told to tackle children's iPhone addiction

Apple told to tackle children's iPhone addiction

Technology
Two of Apple's major investors have urged the iPhone maker to take urgent action to curb children's growing addiction to its smartphones, amid fears frequent use may be damaging the next generation.New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, which collectively control $ 2bn (£1.47bn) worth of Apple shares, said the US firm must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.At present, parents can block or limit specific apps and features on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.In an open letter to Apple on Monday, the investors suggested the company goes a step further and allow users' ages to be inputted into phones, screen time to be limited, as well as a restriction on use to certain hours.They also called o
Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries

Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries

Technology
Apple has confirmed the suspicions of many iPhone owners by revealing it does deliberately slow down some models of the iPhone as they age.Many customers have long suspected that Apple slows down older iPhones to encourage people to upgrade.The company has now said it does slow down some models as they age, but only because the phones' battery performance diminishes over time.Apple said it wanted to "prolong the life" of customers' devices.The practice was confirmed after a customer shared performance tests on Reddit, suggesting their iPhone 6S had slowed down considerably as it had aged but had suddenly sped up again after the battery had been replaced."I used my brother's iPhone 6 Plus, and his was faster than mine? This is when I knew something was wrong," wrote TeckFire.Technology webs...