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Global waste tied to electronic goods up 21 percent over the last 5 years, report says

Global waste tied to electronic goods up 21 percent over the last 5 years, report says

Science
July 2 (UPI) -- The amount of electronic waste generated by the global economy is surging -- up 21 percent of over the last five years, according to a new report. The United Nation's Global E-waste Monitor 2020, published Thursday, found household consumers and businesses around the world generated 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste in 2019 -- a record. Advertisement E-waste consists of most any discarded product with a battery or a plug. At current rates, the global economy will produce 74 million metric tons of e-waste by the end of the decade. According to researchers, just 17.4 percent of e-waste is recycled in a sustainable, eco-friendly way. Currently, the pace of e-waste growth far outstrips the growth of e-waste recycling. "The environmental consequences are the release of toxic...
Scientists develop better way to measure, translate dog years

Scientists develop better way to measure, translate dog years

Science
July 2 (UPI) -- Estimating a dog's age isn't a matter of simple arithmetic. Translating a dog's age to human years using the popular method of multiplying by seven might be amusing, but it's of little use to a vet. Scientists now have developed a better way to measure the aging process in dogs and more precisely convert dog age to human years. Advertisement "We had been working on ways of monitoring human age and aging at the molecular level," Trey Ideker, professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center, told UPI in an email. "Marks on DNA, called methylation marks, turned out to be a really accurate way to 'diagnose' aging." Inspired by his graduate student Tiny Wang and her love of dogs, Ideker and his research partners used the same met...
Coronavirus: PM ‘will not return to austerity of 10 years ago’

Coronavirus: PM ‘will not return to austerity of 10 years ago’

Business
The prime minister has pledged his government will "not go back to the austerity of 10 years ago" ahead of a speech on Tuesday.In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Boris Johnson set out his plans for a post-lockdown economic recovery.They will include a new taskforce, led by the chancellor, which he says will look at speeding up the building of hospitals, schools and roads.The economy shrank by 20.4% in April - the largest monthly fall on record.Amid continued criticism of the way his government has handled the pandemic, the PM said ministers will be "doubling down on levelling up" - spending on infrastructure in order to "build our way back to health"."We're going to make sure that we have plans to help people whose old jobs are not there any more to...
O2 sends surprise refund cheques after 15 years

O2 sends surprise refund cheques after 15 years

Technology
Mobile network O2 has been sending some of its former customers refunds, 15 years after the end of their contracts.Several people posted on Twitter that they had received a letter and cheque from parent company Telefonica stating: "You've got a refund."Some were suspicious that the letter was sent by cyber-fraudsters.But O2 confirmed that it had sent cheques to a group of people who were over-charged more than 10 years ago - with interest. "We identified a billing issue which meant some customers were charged twice on their final bill before leaving O2. We have been contacting those affected to apologise and send their refund," the company said in a statement.One customer said they had been offer...
Health insurance claims not contestable after 8 years of premium payment: Irdai

Health insurance claims not contestable after 8 years of premium payment: Irdai

Finance
NEW DELHI: Health insurance companies will not be allowed to contest claims once the premium has been paid for a continuous period of eight years, regulator Irdai said in a fresh set of guidelines. Irdai said the objective of the guidelines is to standardise the general terms and clauses incorporated in indemnity based health insurance (excluding personal accident and domestic/overseas travel) products by simplifying the wordings of general terms and clauses of the policy contracts and ensure uniformity across the industry. "All policy contracts of the existing health insurance products that are not in compliance with these guidelines shall be modified as and when they are due for renewal from April 1, 2021 onwards. "After completion of eight continuous years under the policy no look bac...