Explosive plants and ballistic tongues: elasticity in action
Almost every biological entity is faced with the challenge of motion. Consequently, nature has produced countless ingenious solutions to the task of getting from point A to point B. At the fundamental level, motion involves converting potential energy to kinetic energy. A particularly intriguing approach is to utilise elastic energy, which when released can produce very rapid motion. In this talk, I will discuss two innovative uses of elasticity, one from the plant world and one from the animal kingdom.