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Filming the Flight of a Winged Maple Seed
By HENRY FOUNTAIN
Published: June 16, 2009
The New York Times
An acorn may not fall far from the tree, it’s true, but the same can’t be said for a maple seed, with its distinctive wing shape. As it falls, the heavier nut end of the wing causes it to whirl in the air, slowing its descent and allowing the wind to carry the seed, sometimes as far as a mile or more.
An aerospace engineer has figured out why the seed’s whirling gives it extra lift, allowing the wind to carry it a mile or more.
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