The Daily Populous

Wednesday October 5th, 2022 morning edition

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Five weeks from Tuesday, Kentuckians will vote and decide whether to send Senator Rand Paul back to Washington or to replace him with his Democratic challenger, Charles Booker.

But voters will likely not get the chance to see the two candidates go head-to-head on the debate stage.

On Monday, KET's Kentucky Tonight hosted what was scheduled to be a debate between Booker and Paul.

Before he went on air, Booker told LEX 18 that Paul's decision to not show up is "disrespectful" to voters.

Last week, Paul told LEX 18 that he is worried about political violence taking over civil discourse.

"I think that debates should involve civility and should involve parties that are actually willing to address questions," said Paul.

No other U.S. Senate debate has been publicly announced, meaning Paul and Booker will likely not take the same stage to answer questions before voters cast their ballots. »

Wax worm saliva rapidly breaks down plastic bags, scientists discover

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Enzymes that rapidly break down plastic bags have been discovered in the saliva of wax worms, which are moth larvae that infest beehives.

Polyethylene makes up 30% of all plastic production and is used in bags and other packaging that make up a significant part of worldwide plastic pollution.

Chemical breakdown could create valuable chemicals or, with some further processing, new plastic, thereby avoiding the need for new virgin plastic made from oil. »

Korea news: Explosion at South Korean airbase

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A massive explosion has hit an airbase in South Korea.

Nine newspapers North Asia correspondent Eryk Bagshaw told Today this morning the explosion came at a time of high tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The US and South Korean militaries are conducting the joint exercises to show their ability to deter a North Korean attack on the South. »

The Downside of Imperial Collapse

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Empires form out of chaos, and imperial collapse often leaves chaos in its wake.

Were any or all of today’s great powers to dramatically weaken, confusion and disorder would increase inside their borders and around the world. »