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UK using 1.2 billion tonnes of material a year

UK using 1.2 billion tonnes of material a year

Science
The UK is using 1.2 billion tonnes of materials a year – that’s the equivalent of 18.5 tonnes of material for every person in the country.The materials include food, timber products, metals, construction materials and fossil fuels.They are vital to the economy, but the figures show the UK is increasingly reliant on importing its materials, especially from China. Almost 80% come from abroad, the Office for National Statistics numbers show.The statistics matter because extracting materials from the environment uses a great deal of energy, typically generated by burning fossil fuels.Consumption increasingThe UK is signed up to international agreements to reduce its consumption of materials in an attempt to protect the natural world and combat climate change.
Coronavirus: ‘Avoid using microwave to get faster internet’

Coronavirus: ‘Avoid using microwave to get faster internet’

Technology
People should avoid using the microwave at the same time as their wi-fi, media regulator Ofcom has said, as part of advice to help improve internet speeds.It comes as millions work remotely and rely on streaming services after the UK was told to "stay at home". This has put pressure on broadband providers, with BT's Openreach reporting a 20% surge in internet use.The government said reliable internet speeds were "crucial" as the UK battles the coronavirus.Ofcom's advice ranges from the seemingly obvious, like downloading films in advance rather than streaming them when someone else may be trying to make a video call, to the less expected."Did you know that microwave ovens can also reduce wi-fi signals?" Ofcom asks."So don't use the microwave when you're m...
Government using phone location data to tackle virus

Government using phone location data to tackle virus

Technology
The government is working with mobile network O2 to analyse anonymous smartphone location data to see whether people are following its social distancing guidelines, Sky News has learned.The partnership began following a tech summit at Number 10, where officials discussed coronavirus outbreak planning with representatives from the UK's largest phone networks. A spokesperson for O2 confirmed that the company was providing aggregated data to the government so it could observe trends in public movements, particularly in London.The project will not be able to track individuals and is not designed to do so. ...
Study reveals how plants communicate for defense using gene regulation

Study reveals how plants communicate for defense using gene regulation

Science
March 13 (UPI) -- An examination of jasmonic acid, a plant hormone, could lead to hardier plants in an era of climate change, Salk Institute researchers reported Friday. In a study published Friday in the journal Nature Plants, researchers noted that plants have hormones to signal defenses against drought, insects or intense temperature change, and then respond. Using Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering plant in the mustard family whose genome is well-studied, researchers exposed the plant to additional doses of jasmonic acid three days after germination. Two genes that rose to importance across the system were MYC2 and MYC3. These genes code for proteins that are transcription factors, indicating that they regulate the activity of thousands of other genes in the plant. "By decipher...
Teens who use joints, bongs, concentrates more likely to keep using pot

Teens who use joints, bongs, concentrates more likely to keep using pot

Health
Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Teens who smoke cannabis with joints or bongs, or who use some pot concentrates, are six times more likely to continue using the drug than those who consume it via other methods, a new analysis suggests. In results published Friday by JAMA Network Open, researchers found in a survey of nearly 3,000 teens, the highest percentage -- approximately 6 percent -- reported prior use of "combustible cannabis," while less than 1 percent said they had "vaped" the substance. Teens who said they smoked marijuana in a joint or bong were found to be at higher risk for still smoking six and 12-months later, the authors found. Researchers write in the study that, for cannabis control and efforts to keep it out of the hands of teens, officials should consider targeting pot products that ...