LGA responds to Which? report on product safety and recall system

Responding to a report by Which? on the UK’s product safety and recall system, Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Council trading standards team play a crucial role in removing unsafe products from sale, prosecuting irresponsible sellers and helping to keep communities safe. “Despite the significant … Read more

Which? calls for an urgent overhaul of UK’s broken product safety system

The UK’s fragmented product safety and recall system is not fit-for-purpose and is potentially putting people’s lives at risk through a lack of joined-up national oversight and action, according to a new report by consumer champion Which?. Which? is calling for urgent changes to the regime, including the establishment of a national body that can … Read more

ALMA finds Ingredient of Life around Infant Sun-like Stars

ALMA has observed stars like the Sun at a very early stage in their formation and found traces of methyl isocyanate — a chemical building block of life. This is the first ever detection of this prebiotic molecule towards solar-type protostars, the sort from which our Solar System evolved. The discovery could help astronomers understand … Read more

Sculpting Solar Systems

ESO’s SPHERE instrument reveals protoplanetary discs being shaped by newborn planets Sharp new observations have revealed striking features in planet-forming discs around young stars. The SPHERE instrument, mounted on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, has made it possible to observe the complex dynamics of young solar systems — including one seen developing in real-time. The recently … Read more

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft in Orbit around Mighty Jupiter

After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 4. “Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add … Read more