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Breezy

Watch: These tiny sensors can float on the breeze like dandelion seeds

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Dandelions are stationary plants, but they’re able to spread their seeds far and wide by taking advantage of the wind.

Researchers are taking lessons from the flower to design portable sensors.

A miniature device that can ride on daily breezes was described March 16 in the journal Nature.

University of Washington