28 July 2010

Sphagnum Airzooka ~ Nature's Little Atom Bomb

Kenneth Chang writes in the NYTimes Observatory about High-Speed Video Shows How Sphagnum Moss Spreads! Lurid and hyperbolic subtitles -- e.g. "Exploding Moss", "Launching Spores", and "bit like an atomic bomb" -- are indeed delivered upon!
"In the current issue of the journal Science, [Dwight L. Whitaker, a physicist at Pomona College in California and Joan Edwards, a biologist at Williams College in Massachusetts] report how sphagnum moss shoots its spores like an atomic bomb. "It’s nature’s weapon of mass reproduction," Dr. Whitaker said."
Hilarious! See the video! It's like our Howtoons Air Cannon!

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