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Moss counters shortness with A-bomb-style clouds

Sphagnum overcomes drag by launching spores in vortex rings

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1:23pm, January 6, 2010

SEATTLE — A little bog moss turns out to be a master of throwing up.

Sphagnum moss shoots its spores extra high by using a trick, called a vortex ring, previously known only from animals, says plant ecologist Joan Edwards of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. The additional

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