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I just love this stuff.  Don’t you wonder how the maple seed pod “figured out” something that is more efficient than standard aircraft wings and helicopter blades, that people with amazing minds have done their best to design?  How do people believe this stuff is just the result of time plus chance?  Oh, the wonders of evolution.

From the Wired website:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/06/whirlybirds/

“High-speed video reveals that maple seed pods remain airborne for miles by harnessing the power of tornado-like vortexes generated as they spin.

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