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E-scooters go on trial in Middlesbrough to aid UK’s green recovery

Residents of Middlesbrough in north-east England will be the first in the UK to legally ride electric scooters on the open road when the law changes on Saturday, as the government struggles to prevent a recovery from coronavirus based on…

Nobel Prize-winning chemist named to “Great Immigrants, Great Americans” list

(Binghamton University) M. Stanley Whittingham, a 2019 Nobel Laureate and distinguished professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has been named to the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s 2020 list of “Great Immigrants, Great Americans.”

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Sneaky salmonella finds a backdoor into plants

Researchers have discovered that bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria have a backdoor to take advantage of humans’ reliance on leafy greens for a healthy diet. They found that wild strains of salmonella are delivering foodborne illnesses by circumventing a plant’s immune defense system, getting into the leaves of lettuce by opening up the plant’s tiny breathing pores.

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Geochemists solve mystery of Earth’s vanishing crust

A team of geochemists has found new evidence that Earth has been consistently churning out crust since its formation 4.5 billion years ago and that some crust is made of ancient, resurfaced chunks.

FSU News: MagLab geochemists solve mystery of Earth’s vanishing crust

(Florida State University) A team of geochemists based at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has found new evidence that Earth has been consistently churning out crust since its formation 4.5 billion years ago and that some crust is made of ancient, resurfaced chunks.

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Unorthodox desalination method could transform global water management

Over the past year, researchers have been refining their unconventional desalination approach for hypersaline brines — temperature swing solvent extraction (TSSE) — that shows great promise for widespread use. The team now reports that their method has enabled them to attain energy-efficient zero-liquid discharge of ultrahigh salinity brines — the first demonstration of TSSE for ZLD desalination of hypersaline brines.

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RNA structures by the thousands

Researchers have developed a new method to determine the structures of all RNA molecules in a bacterial cell at once. In the past, this had to be done individually for each molecule. Besides their exact composition, their structure is crucial for the function of the RNAs. The team has now described the new high-throughput structure mapping method.

Tropical disease in medieval Europe revises the history of a pathogen related to syphilis

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) Plague was commonplace in medieval times, so finding its victims in a 15th century Lithuanian graveyard was no surprise. However, discovering one woman with a second disease, yaws — a close relative of modern syphilis found today only in tropical settings — was something researchers did not expect. The current study’s findings are changing perspectives on the evolutionary history of a disease family thought to be out of reach for the study of ancient DNA.