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Earth has been recycling crust for most of its history

Earth has been recycling crust for most of its history

Science
June 26 (UPI) -- New research suggests roughly 5 to 6 percent of the Earth's mantle is made up of recycled crust. The discovery, detailed Friday in the journal Science Advances, suggests Earth has been producing new crust at a similar rate for most of the planet's history. Advertisement Geologists knew that some of Earth's crust regularly sinks back into the mantle, but until now, they weren't sure how much gets recycled -- a key to understanding the history of crustal formation and subduction. To better understand the trajectory of crust that gets swallowed back into the mantle, scientists collected 500 samples of basalt from mid-ocean ridges all over the world. "The chemical composition of oceanic basalt -- Mid-Oceanic Ridge Basalt, or MORB -- that erupted along the 40,000-kilometer lo...
Last of Us Part II: Is this the most accessible game ever?

Last of Us Part II: Is this the most accessible game ever?

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device The first time Steve Saylor fired up the hotly-anticipated new game The Last of Us Part II, he burst into tears. "Y'all don't even know how much..." he says between sobs in his video of the moment, which has now had nearly half a million views."I'm sorry. I don't even know what to say." Steve is legally blind, and was looking at the overwhelming accessibility options menu.Courtney Craven, editor of accessibility-focused gaming site Can I Play That, is hard of hearing and has some motor-control issues, and had a similar reaction. "The first thing I did upon launching [the game] for the first time was FaceTime a friend and cry," she says.The game has already been dubbed "the most accessible game ever"...
Coronavirus: South Asian people most likely to die in hospital

Coronavirus: South Asian people most likely to die in hospital

Health
South Asian people are the most likely to die from coronavirus after being admitted to hospital in Great Britain, major analysis shows. It is the only ethnic group to have a raised risk of death in hospital and is partly due to high levels of diabetes. The study is hugely significant as it assessed data from four-in-10 of all hospital patients with Covid-19.The researchers said policies such as protecting people at work and who gets a vaccine may now need to change.Twenty-seven institutions across the UK, including universities and public health bodies, as well as 260 hospitals, were involved in the study.The findings have been made public online ahead of being formally published in a medical journal. However, the results were p...
The Latest: Italy registers 197 new cases, most in Lombardy

The Latest: Italy registers 197 new cases, most in Lombardy

Health
ROME — Italy has registered 197 new cases of COVID-19 with some 60 percent of them in Lombardy, which remains by far the country’s region with the most infections. The same 24-hour period saw an increase of 53 deaths nationwide. Overall, Italy has just under 235,000 known infections and 33,899 deaths of persons who tested positive for the coronavirus. Authorities acknowledge that the real number of cases and of deaths is considerably higher. Many with mild symptoms didn’t get tested, and other who had serious COVID-19 symptoms but who died in nursing care facilities or in their own homes didn’t get tested, particularly among the elderly. Italy has eased many of its lockdown restrictions, but schools never re-opened for the academic year and those coming from overseas are still required
Coronavirus: Renters struggle most with pandemic costs, report says

Coronavirus: Renters struggle most with pandemic costs, report says

Business
Private renters are more likely to be struggling with payments than those who own their homes, new research by the Resolution Foundation suggests.The think tank concludes one in eight private renters have fallen behind with housing costs since the coronavirus crisis began, compared to one in 12 mortgaged home owners.Its report is based on a YouGov survey of around 6,000 adults in the UK.The government says it took action to support renters during the pandemic.The action, which the government calls "unprecedented" includes banning evictions for three months and increasing the Local Housing Allowance.Lindsay Judge, principal policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said renters tended to be in a weaker financial position going into the crisis."They had ...