WEIRD SCIENCE

Radiation appears to help some metal alloys self-heal

New research shows that some metal alloys actually corrode slower after being irradiated. Maxal_Tamor/Depositphotos – By Michael Irving 2020 Jul 09 – Radiation is famously damaging, both to living tissue and materials. But now, engineers at MIT have been surprised to discover that radiation …

Evidence found of epic prehistoric Pacific voyages

Discussions of contacts between the Americas and Polynesia have often focused on Easter Island.  Image copyright Reuters – BBC Staff, 2020 Jul 08 – New evidence has been found for epic prehistoric voyages between the Americas and eastern Polynesia. DNA analysis suggests there …

Scientists present case for airborne spread of COVID-19

    A group of scientists recommend three measures to reduce the risk of airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus in enclosed public spaces.  erika8213/Depositphotos – By Rich Haridy 2020 Jul 06 – A new commentary published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and …

Soap bubbles used to pollinate pear flowers

Each bubble carries about 2,000 pollen grains.  Eijiro Miyako – By Ben Coxworth 2020 Jun 18 – Due to the ongoing worldwide decline in bee populations, farmers are increasingly looking to alternative methods of pollinating fruit-bearing plants. As it turns out, the use of …