Mathematicians describe tendril perversion
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M.N. Jensen; Science News Online  
A mathematical model of elastic rods can be used to describe vine tendrils and kinky phone cords that coil first in one direction, then in the opposite direction. Mathematicians have shown that such reversals of direction result from the curviness inherent in tendrils and cords.  


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