2019-03-02 02:06:00

One possible reason that Stradivarius violins sound so exquisite is that they are made from low-density wood, hewn from trees that struggled to grow during the “little ice age” around 1650. By treating spruce and sycamore with a fungus that causes decay, researchers have produced lighter wood with similar resonant properties to Antonio Stradivari’s instruments (New Phytologist, DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02524.x). Rigid pressurised suits are fine for floating about in space, but they make walking laborious and difficult. With its return to the moon in mind, NASA has commissioned a range of spacesuits made up of bendy,