Nuclear scientists in Brazil have finally turned their eyes to one of the most overlooked aspects of their work -- how can radiation help to serve the world a better cocktail?
Researchers at the University of Sao Paolo
say they've found a way to speed the aging process of Brazil's signature liquor, cachaca
, by eliminating the oak barrels the tipple is traditionally aged in. Instead, they say, the same chemical reactions can be achieved by blasting the booze with a shot of gamma radiation.