Popular Science

Tomatoes and subway systems might have something in common

They're both just trying to get the biggest bang for their buck.
tomato plant

Just another morning commute.

When people design transportation systems, they are usually trying to find the sweet spot where they can get people to their final destinations as quickly as possible, while minimizing the cost of building the infrastructure. It may not always work (this summer's unfolding New York City subway debacle is a prime example), but it turns out that plants take a similar approach.

A published today in investigates how balance cost and performance to develop their complex, branched structures. But instead of

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Popular Science

Popular Science2 min readScience
MEGAPIXELS: This Geometric Iceberg Will Soothe Your Soul
So smooth. NASA/Jeremy Harbeck It looks like a quick photoshop job. Or the work of a secret Antarctic civilization that worshipped right angles. But this rectangular iceberg is one hundred percent natural. Okay so it’s not a perfect rectangle, but th
Popular Science3 min readSociety
Fewer People Got The Flu Shot Last Season—and That May Be Why It Was One Of The Deadliest
People over age 65 are at higher risk for developing severe flu symptoms that could land them in the hospital Pexels By now you’ve probably heard that last year’s flu season was one of the worst on record. Preliminary estimates suggested new heights
Popular Science5 min read
Here's How To View, Download, And Delete Your Personal Information Online
Imagine on that screen there's a never ending parade of internet privacy center sites. Pixabay Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a speech outlining the need for digital privacy reform, especially here in the United States where we don’t enjoy legal