WEIRD FACTS

The bad news quietly buried during the pandemic

Adobe Stock  – By Zoë Beery, Columbia Journalism Review 2020 May 28 – With the world’s attention glued to the coronavirus pandemic, news about anything else has been slipping farther and farther down the proverbial front page. But that doesn’t mean nothing’s been …

Drone used to safely study an active volcano

By Ben Coxworth 2020 May 25 – The Santa María volcano in Guatemala, Zorn et al. 2020, Nature – Scientific Reports: DOI 10.1038/s41586-020-2212-1 – Active volcanic craters are something that people generally don’t want to get very close to – even if they’re dedicated …

Poimo: An inflatable ebike that fits in a backpack

By Loz Blain 2020 May 12 – The Poimo portable ebike prototype currently needs an external air compressor, but a production model would have that built in.  Tokyo University. – We’ve seen our share of portable ebikes, but this adorable little cutie takes things …

What makes the wind?

2020 May 14  –   By Adam Sokol, Doctoral Student in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington – Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. What …