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.[quicktime]http://s3.amazonaws.com/scifri-videos/lrg-cucumber2-083112.mp4[/quicktime]
Just click that little “play” button. The video format is Quicktime, so doesn’t look like the Youtube videos we’re used to.