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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.