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Nasa has confirmed there is no real emergency on board the international space station, after it inadvertently broadcast a medical drill meant for training on its YouTube channel.

A female voice was reportedly heard instructing crew members to "get commander back in his suit", check his pulse and provide him with oxygen - raising fears of a serious emergency.

However, on social media the ISS account posted that there is no emergency situation on board, and confirmed the audio was inadvertently misrouted “from an ongoing simulation”.

It said the crew was actually asleep at the time, and confirmed that “all remain healthy and safe”.

Online video game platform Steam is facing a £656m legal claim for ‘overcharging’ UK gamers.

The claim, filed with the Competition Appeal Tribunal, accuses the gaming firm of abusing its dominant position in the gaming market.

Digital rights campaigner Vicki Shotbolt filed the claim, and she alleges that Steam owner Valve has shut out competition, by forcing game publishers to sign up to price parity obligations that dictate Steam always has the best price, and prevents the same game being sold at a lower price on rival platforms.

It claims 14 million PC gamers in the UK could have been affected and could be entitled to up to £44 each if the claim is successful.

A group of optometrists have said millions of appointments for common eye conditions are placing ‘unnecessary demands’ on struggling GPs, when people should actually be going to the opticians.

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) found that three-quarters of optometrists have seen a patient in the last six months who had booked a GP appointment.

On top of that, data shows GP practices are delivering two million more appointments a month compared to pre-pandemic figures.

Adam Sampson, Chief Executive of the AOP tells Tech & Science Daily how optometrists can help with common eye problems.

A study has found that pairing rescue dogs together in shelters, could ‘cut stress and help them find homes sooner’.

Researchers in the US found that dogs housed together not only showed fewer stress behaviours such as whining and lip-licking, but they were also adopted, on average, four days sooner than dogs housed on their own.

Dr Erica Feuerbacher from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the US led the study, and hopes the findings will encourage animal shelters to match dogs with suitable “roommates” to reduce their stress and show them at their best to potential adopters.

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