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According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were 28.2 million working days lost last year due to work-related health issues. The statistic is a worrying one that is costing UK industry millions of pounds in lost productivity, reports Aero Mag.

What manufacturers are finding frustrating, is that many of the contributing factors can be avoided if firms explore and invest in cost-effective means to deliver a clean workplace for their staff.

The aerospace industry, while seen as being at the forefront of modern technology and innovation, has many examples within all tiers of the supply chain are not doing enough to meet regulations.

“One of the Health and Safety Executive’s main focuses in 2020 is reducing exposure to metalworking fluids and welding fume,” said global industrial air cleaning specialist, Filtermist Systems’ CEO, James Stansfield. “Mild steel weld fume was reclassified as carcinogenic last year, prompting a change in enforcement expectations.

“Inspections for fabrication facilities are being ramped up considerably and failure to comply with Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations could carry a significant financial penalty. More importantly, the welfare of staff is continuing to suffer if firms fail to act.”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer published findings that proved mild steel welding fumes cause lung cancer, and possibly kidney cancer. The HSE estimates that 40-50 welders are hospitalised every year due to breathing metal fumes at work.

HSE will no longer accept any welding being undertaken without suitable exposure control measures in place, as there is currently no known level of safe exposure.

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Eni might be able to tap into between 200 and 300 million extra barrels of oil after making a new discovery near Mexico.

The oil company located the source on the Saasken Exploration Prospect in Block 10, situated in Cucena Salina in the Sureste Basin.

The discovery was made by the Saasken-1 NFW well, which has become the six consecutive successful well drilled by Eni in the Sureste Basin.

This well, which was drilled by the Valaris 8505 Semisub in water stretching 340 metres deep, can be found 65 km off the coast of the Central American country and has a total depth of 3.83 km.

Following the discovery, data has been collected on the well, analysis of which has concluded more than 10,000 barrels of oil could be collected every day.

This means Block 10 could become a very lucrative commercial production site for Eni. This is particularly the case as other prospects have been located close to the area that “may be clustered in a synergic development”, a spokesperson for the firm said.

Lukoil and Capricorn will work together with Eni on the Block 10 Joint Venture, which will pursue the discovery of oil here and exploit synergies close by to determine whether this area could be developed commercially.

Eni has found its presence in Mexico to be very successful, having been present in the country since 2006. It has become a “core country in Eni’s strategy of future organic growth”, with the firm producing around 15,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from Area 1.

This comes after Panoro Energy ASA announced oil sources on the Dussafu Marn Permit, close to Gabon.

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To most, it may seem that the space industry hasn’t taken any big steps forward in recent years. Yet, many companies are investing astronomical amounts of money into R&D, hoping to create the next big thing in spaceflight.

To this end, recent developments in 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, has allowed it to become one of the most significant technologies making an impact on the aerospace industry.

Satellites have become a key focus of both scientists and engineers, allowing for advanced studies as well as more commercial uses, like worldwide internet systems. However, these satellites need a way to get into orbit, and the best method is still to use a rocket. Unfortunately, building a rocket and sending the payload into space is a very expensive thing to do.

Minimising the cost of building rockets has been an industry target for quite some time now. The key to achieving that goal is to make rockets more lightweight, more fuel-efficient, and cheaper to build. That’s where 3D printing comes in.

Large-scale metal-printed projects are built with robot arms that feed a thin metal wire to a laser that welds the material into place. Other ways to print metal use a laser or a beam of electrons to melt or fuse a bed of powder into layers of finished product.

The main advantage of 3D printing in the rocket-building business is providing the ability to reduce part count and make the production line flexible without the need to invest tens or even hundreds of millions into special tooling before manufacturing each design.

A rocket consists of tens of thousands of parts, making it a very complex product. With 3D printing, it’s possible to significantly reduce the part count of a rocket, bringing the cost down. In this way, we’re entering into a new era of cost-efficient rocket building and space business.

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The UK Space Agency has given an opportunity to young people to win a share of £50,000 and share ideas of how satellites can improve life on Earth. The SatelLife Competition is now in it’s fourth year, and is seeking innovative proposals that could use data collected from space to benefit our daily lives.

These could be for improving health services or tackling climate change, or in the case of last years winner, help supermarkets keep track of missing shopping trollies. Other winning ideas from 2019 included crime fighting drones, and an app to find public toilets.

Lowena Hull, 17, who’s shopping trolley idea now has her in meetings with a major supermarket, said: “Since winning the SatelLife Competition I’ve had interest in my idea so that shows that anything can happen if you enter. SatelLife is such an amazing opportunity and it’s a great introduction for young people to the space sector, which is important especially with the UK’s space sector growing.”

Satellites support the economy and everyday life, and this competition gives young people the chance to test their ideas with space experts and perhaps one day become part of one of the UK’s fastest growing industries. The UK space sector already supports 42,000 jobs and could create a further 30,000 opportunities in the next decade.

Lowena is one of a number of previous winners making progress on turning their ideas into reality. In 2018 medical students Christopher Law, 21, Thomas Franchi and Hammad Jeilani, both 22, from London came up with an idea to use satellites and drones to help people in isolated areas who cannot access basic health care such as vaccines, birth control or medicine.

The competition, which is open to those aged 11 to 22 and split into three age groups, aims to support the development of science, data handling and technological skills.

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Supermarket giant Tesco has joined forces with WWF to map the environmental impact of food production, in an attempt to make the process more sustainable.

They launched the Sustainable Basket Metric earlier this week, which will measure some of the UK’s most popular foods against key sustainability criteria, which includes deforestation, food and packaging waste, and climate change.

This will help them achieve their goal of halving the environmental impact of food by 2030.

Dave Lewis, chief executive of Tesco Group, said: “Throughout our partnership, we’ll be carrying out industry-leading work to make food production more sustainable, including sourcing commodities like soy and palm oil from verified zero-deforestation areas, and improving soil health and water usage on farms in the UK.”

He went on to say this would help protect the natural environment for generations to come.

Chief executive officer of WWF UK Tanya Steele concurred, saying food production is the main cause of tropical deforestation and 24 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gases. Therefore, the Sustainable Basket Metric will enable them to paint a better picture of how sustainable the most popular foods are and what more can be done to reduce their environment impact.

The organisations will look at whether packaging can be reused or recycled; reducing food waste in stores and operations; and cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.

There are different concerns for varying food groups. For instance, the key issue with beef is the problem of methane emissions from cattle; with lettuce, it is water use and food waste; with potatoes, it is soil health; and with tinned soup, it is factory greenhouse gas emissions.

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Vacuum heat treatment is essential to any medical environment for many reasons, not least in order to promote healing.

One recent discovery has shown how bandages could be used directly on broken bones to promote their healing. They have been shown to promote bone healing in mice and this could have implications for humans.

The bandage works by trapping pro-healing adenosine near the site of the break, which speeds up the healing of the bone tissue.

"Adenosine is ubiquitous throughout the body in low levels and performs many important functions that have nothing to do with bone healing," Varghese said. "To avoid unwanted side effects, we had to find a way to keep the adenosine localized to the damaged tissue and at appropriate levels."

The team had decided to focus on adenosine when they noticed that it accumulated around broken bones in high concentration, suggesting that it would play a role in bone healing. The research they have done proves that it could and demonstrates a way this healing effect could be harnessed.

The biomaterial bandage that was used in the research contains boronate molecules that are attracted to the adenosine. These bonds eventually break down which allows the release of adenosine into the broken bone site without it leaking elsewhere.

The mice in the study were checked after one week and three weeks after being treated with the bandage. The research showed that healing was present after three weeks. The research also showed that the bandages worked whether they harnessed naturally produced adenosine or artificial adenosine.