Wrong-Headed Economics Stops Us Replacing Lead Pipes

In the second half of the 19th century, water engineers experimented with drinking-water pipes made from a number of different materials. The challenge was to find something with three essential characteristics: durability, malleability and resistance to corrosion. After years of study, engineers found something that outperformed iron, steel and cement-lined iron pipes. The material in question?…

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World powers meet to save Syria peace hopes

VIENNA (AFP) – Senior envoys from world and regional powers are to meet once again in Vienna on Tuesday in an effort to salvage stumbling efforts to halt Syria’s bloody civil war. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov — diplomacy’s odd couple, at loggerheads over much else in the world…

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FRANCE – ISRAEL – PALESTINE – US – Paris Middle East conference postponed

France’s planned conference on Middle East peace has been postponed, President François Hollande said on Tuesday. It is vital for France to take “a strong initiative” in the dispute, Hollande said. “If not … what will happen? Settlement building, attacks,” he said. The original proposed date falls on the US Memorial Day holiday honouring members of…

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Hubble Captures One Of The Closest Comet Approaches Ever

On March 21, 2016, Comet 252P/LINEAR made its closest approach yet, traveling within 3.3 million miles of Earth, or about 14 times the distance between our planet and the moon. During that time, and in the subsequent days, all eyes were on the icy visitor as it safely passed us by, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.…

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