Strange Science: Scale Mail for Modern Protection

A teen scientist in Australia has found a new use for an ancient technology in a very modern setting: using copper scale male to protect women from excess radiation during breast cancer treatments.

She took her inspiration from learning that copper can be more effective than lead in protecting human skin from radiation. Combining that with learning about scale mail in her history class, she learned to weave together scale mail into wearable “armor.” This armor reduces skin exposure to the radiation treatments by 75%, while still allowing the radiation to work on cancer cells.

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