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Unraveling the Mystery of the Cucumber Tendril

We’ve long marveled at the amazing holding power of tendrils like those of cucumbers, but scientists have been unsure about what makes them twist.  This very cool video employs time-lapse techniques and mechanical models to show us how.  From NPR’s  Science Friday.


Just click that little “play” button.  The video format is Quicktime, so doesn’t look like the Youtube videos we’re used to.

Posted by on September 12, 2012 at 9:58 am, in the category Science Says.
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3 responses to “Unraveling the Mystery of the Cucumber Tendril”

  1. Carol says:

    Thanks, Susan. That was fun, and interesting. There are so many mysteries of science still to be solved…