MI weekly selection #285

Crops could get nutrient boost from nanoparticles

Nanoparticles typically used to treat cancer in humans could be used to deliver nutrients to malnourished plants. Crops are better able to absorb fertilizing nutrients delivered by liposomes than from traditional nutrient spray.

Science News

Tiny robot uses laser power to fly

A tiny flying robot called RoboFly uses laser light and an onboard circuit to power its flight and free it from the lines connected to batteries that powered its predecessors.

Live Science

Agriculture, languages brought to Southeast Asia by ancient Chinese

Ancient Chinese farmers spread south into Southeast Asia, bringing rice farming and new languages to the region around 4,000 years ago, a new DNA study published in Science suggests. Analysis of 4,000-year-old skeletons indicates the migrating farmers mated with hunter-gatherers in Southeast Asia, supporting archaeological evidence of the migration.

Science News

Hurricane Harvey study suggests future storms may be more intense

Researchers studying Hurricane Harvey, which struck the Houston area last year, say the data they’ve collected suggest future storms may last longer and be more intense. Among other findings was data showing that the energy Harvey picked up from the ocean was equivalent to the energy it released when it made landfall.

Scientific American

Green blood evolved four times in New Guinea skink species

The bright green blood of a number of species of New Guinea skinks has evolved four times and gives them some sort of advantage that’s yet to be identified. “There’s so much green pigment in the blood that it overshadows the brilliant crimson coloration of red blood cells,” says Chris Austin, co-author of the study.

The Scientist

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