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Plants That Can Move Inspire New Adaptive Structures


February 19, 2011

mimosa plant The mimosa plant, which folds its leaves when they're touched, is inspiring a new class of adaptive structures designed to twist, bend, stiffen and even heal themselves. University of Michigan researchers are leading their development. Full Story

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