April 13, 2010
Spring may be beautiful, but all those blooming flowers and trees bring on pollen allergies, making eyes water and noses drip. But pollen can be both beautiful and useful (counterfeit malaria drugs were traced, in part, through pollen). In this TED Talk from February, Jonathan Drori of the BBC reveals the beauty of pollen grains through scanning electron microscope images and talks about pollen’s value to plants, to science and even to efforts to track down criminals.
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