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April 27, 2013

Rule of the Trees

"if a tree’s branches were folded upward and squeezed together, the tree would look like one big trunk with the same thickness from top to bottom."

To investigate why this rule may exist, physicist Christophe Eloy, from the University of Provence in France, designed trees with intricate branching patterns on a computer.

"I designed the lightest tree structure to resist wind while still maintaining the strength of the trunk," said Eloy.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 27, 2013 09:24 AM