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Astronauts tackle air leak on International Space Station

Astronauts tackle air leak on International Space Station

Science
Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are having to deal with an air leak from a possible collision. It has been traced to a small hole in a capsule that was used to deliver a new crew to the laboratory 400km (250 miles) above the Earth in June.It is thought the damage was caused by the impact of a high-speed rocky fragment flying through space. Mission controllers in Houston, Texas, and Russia's capital, Moscow, say the six-strong crew are in no danger.Impacts from tiny meteoroids are a permanent threat to the orbiting platform and it was built to withstand the constant bombardment from the dusty fragments that whizz about above the Earth. Media playback is unsupported on your device ...
Public 'back' taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

Public 'back' taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

Science
There is high public support for using the tax system to reduce waste from single-use plastics, the Treasury says. A consultation on how taxes could tackle the rising problem and promote recycling attracted 162,000 responses.Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick said the government was looking at "smart, intelligent incentives" to get plastic producers to take responsibility.Reports suggest a levy on manufacturers and some disposable plastic products may be introduced in the Budget.It could include measures such as a tax on single-use coffee cups. What are the alternatives to plastic? Two-thirds of plastic food pots unrecyclable 50 nations 'curbing plastic pollution' Responding to the consultation, the Treasury said it wanted to promote the greater use of recy...
Cleveland Browns' Joel Bitonio settling in at left tackle

Cleveland Browns' Joel Bitonio settling in at left tackle

Sports
Joel Bitonio, who has started 47 games in four seasons at left guard for the Cleveland Browns, said he is getting more comfortable at his new position -- left tackle. Bitonio made his first start at left tackle in the team's preseason opener after being moved to the position earlier this month. He is the replacement for Joe Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowl player and future Hall of Famer who retired in March. "I am getting there," Bitonio said Monday. "You finally play in a game and it starts to become more of a reality. Practice is practice. I am getting there. I think that every day I get a little more comfortable. I feel more comfortable in my stance, position in the huddle and things like that. It is getting there." The Browns beat the New York Giants 20-10 last Thursday. "I only playe...
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...