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Revealing Nature's Mathematical Formula for Survival -- Science Nation

Revealing Nature's Mathematical Formula for Survival

The vascular system of a leaf provides its structure and delivers its nutrients. When you light up that vascular structure with some fluorescent dye and view it using time lapse photography, details begin to emerge that reveal nature's mathematical formula for survival. When it comes to optimizing form with function, it's tough to beat Mother Nature. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Rockefeller University mathematical physicist Marcelo Magnasco and his colleague, physicist Eleni Katifori, analyze the architecture of leaves by finding geometric patterns that link biological structure to function.

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