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Wednesday October 5th, 2022 night edition

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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.

As well as large recycling plants, the scientists said it might one day be possible to have kits in homes to recycle plastic bags into useful products.

The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, identified 200 proteins in the wax worm saliva and narrowed down the two that had the plastic-eating effect.

Wax worm larvae live and grow in the honeycombs of beehives and feed on beeswax, which may be why they have evolved the enzymes.

Prof Andy Pickford, the director of the Centre for Enzyme Innovation at the UK’s University of Portsmouth, said the discovery of the enzymes in wax worm saliva was exciting. »

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. »

Trump personally packed a stash of documents returned from Mar-a-Lago, report says. He kept hundreds more until the FBI seized them.

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Former President Donald Trump personally packed up a trove of documents returned to the National Archives and Records Administration in January, while keeping many records, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Trump also instructed a lawyer to say all the documents sought by the records agency had been returned, the news outlet added. »

About 700,000 people have left Russia in two weeks of mobilisation

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In less than two weeks after the partial mobilisation was announced, about 700,000 people left Russia.

Details: According to one source, almost 1 million people have left Russia since the beginning of the mobilisation.

The second source, in the administration of the President of the Russian Federation, reports that between 600,000 and 700,000 Russians have left the country. »