Plant shrinks away from heat

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in Science
http://plantsinmotion.bio.indiana.edu/plantmotion/movements/nastic/mimosa/mimosa.html

Watch what happens when you put a flame near it.
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Female 3,828
cool
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Male 155
That`s really amazing
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Male 213
WHY THE FXCK CAN`T I UPLOAD A PICTURE????
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Male 213
PHOTOSHOPPED.

I admit, I was actually the one to engineer this farse. I am deeply sorry that I decieved all of you, and I hope that, given time, you will forgive me. And that we can learn to trust, love, and pleasure eachother once again.

T.*

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Female 201
It takes awhile for it to go back. We have a few in the museum here in WV near my area. I just like petting them.
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Male 725
CAN`T WE GO ONE SINGLE THREAD WITHOUT SOMEONE MENTIONING THE STUPID P WORD? Damn, it`s really annoying. I don`t think anyone would care if it`s photo-edited or not. As long as it cures their boredom SO STOP YELLING THE STUPID THING!

Anyway, about the plant...

I wish I had one near me! I would mess with them for hours on end! Eventually, I would stop messing with it and find myself back on IAB yelling at annoying people who won`t stop mentioning Adobe`s really famous photo-editing program.

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Male 246
awww man........... i don`t have any near me
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Male 98
wow. i really want one too!
how long does it take for it to get back to its original state?
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Female 51
i want one, it looked like it was dead in the second clip.....quite cute for a plant
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Female 572
I saw one of them yesterday. They`re cool.
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Male 87
im surprised this hasnt been on here before ith all the people who have messed with em
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Male 241
PHOTOSHOPPED
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Male 319
look at it go
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Male 388
theres some of those on my street
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Male 9
How`s the border goin`?
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Male 239
We have those plants here in Mexico, you touch them and they shrink ;)
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Male 122
I remember messing with these things in grade school in Hawaii; they grew all over the school grounds.

Playing with these plants was a favorite pastime of mine and never failed to keep me fascinated for hours on end. Sad, huh?

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Male 407
In response to MrEman and Lockee. You misunderstand evolution, if these plants were left to their own devices and not bothered in the slightest, they would not evolve into a self aware organism, in fact, they would not evolve at all. Evolution is triggered only when it`s neccessary for an organism to adapt to a condition, such as a predatory bug or a climate change. With no external stimulus, evolution would not occur. However, if they continue on this path, it may be entirely possible for them to develop some form of higher conscienceness.

Secondly, human beings are not the lowest life form, there is no such thing as a lower or higher life form, all life is at the same level of importance to the world for one reason or another. Humans are not a parasitic organism either, humans simply destroy things, something parasites don`t do as it would be against their best interest.


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Male 2,057
FuzzyKiller - Homebase
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Female 190
Ohhh
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Male 2,057
i want one
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Female 138
Did you look at the other video, that was way cooler.
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Male 51
i want one
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Male 28
Man,where can you get one of those?
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Female 1,463
weird
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Female 576
wow
mother nature is
amazing
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Male 133
I should try it, I have a couple in my yard.
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Female 314
kool. KOOL. KOOOOOL.
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Male 12
If it can do that...imagine what will happen when you really piss it off.
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Male 664
"Whoa, doesn`t that hurt the plant?"

Hippy.

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Male 664
"Now what happens if you set it on fire?"

It starts to scream.

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Female 943
^^ no its just heat their not actually putting them on fire.
thats really awesome. i wonder hows it moves.
like it doesnt have muscles of anything...
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Female 192
Whoa, doesn`t that hurt the plant?
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Male 1,141
what a pussy plant
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Female 96
Hahahah.. I would try that some time.
Can I have this page`s original website?
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Female 208
Awesome..I always see them when we travel but I`ve never been close to one. Now I`d like to mess with it.
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Male 2
those plants are everywhere in my backyard
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Female 88
there are those just down the street here, they`re cool.
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Female 322
I`ve seen those in the Conservatory in Chicago. They have the same reaction if you touch them, too.
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Female 660
heh,that`s cool
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Male 206
I don`t get it, what does this plant have to do with Champagne & Orange Juice? ;-)

jk

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Male 1,085
Haha. Cool. Oh the wonders of plant sex.
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Male 2,567
I used to mess with mimosas i found
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Male 2,720
What will happen to the vegetarians when carrots start to cry?

I think the next step is pica, or geophagia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geophagia

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Male 1,478
I used to have one of them, they take ages to open up again.
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Male 2,519
Actually I wanted to see the speed of its reaction. That was cool.
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Male 368
Now what happens if you set it on fire? :-)
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Female 2,144
We Have Them In Australia. You Can Sit There For Ages And Touch Them And Be Amazed.
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Female 401
cool
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Female 1,033
neat
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Male 66
Those are all over down here (Southern Texas). They curl up if you touch them. It feels weird to hold your finger on them as they sort of wrap around it (even though the leaves are not long).
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Male 146
I would love one of these plants.
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Male 329
`What will happen to the vegetarians when carrots start to cry?` - great stuff!

ok, let me expand... if somewhere in the universe there is a planet like our own, minus the parasitic existence of humans... would plants evolve to our `level`?

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Female 3,574
I think after millions of years of evolution it could be possible?

I mean we evolved a lot from what we used to be :P

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Female 3,696
To MrEman, I think plants have always had self preservation, in a variety of forms...their aromas to aromas, or stenches to attract a variety of bugs either for reproduction or feeding....spiked leaves for protection...but this does certainly seem like a bigger step in that direction...

What will happen to the vegetarians when carrots start to cry? >D

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Male 132
I want one, and yeah that`s an interesting idea MrEman, but the main focus of life is staying alive (as a species) and trees are doing a pretty good job, along with most plants. Humans would never give them the chance to evolve anyway. The earth will probably be destroyed by us in another thousand years. Or at least I think so. I also believe that humans are the most inferior race, because we can`t live off of pure instinct. So... yeah I seriously doubt that plants will ever be able to communicate. That is, if they don`t already.
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Male 329
what ive been wondering recently (yes i have been bored) is, could plants ever evolve to be sentient beings who think and communicate amongst one another? and possibly us.

if they are left to their own devices and given the chance would this ever be possible. i mean look at this plant... thats gotta be the first step right? self preservation. and look at the venus fly trap, damn thats one freaky weed.

please discuss, thank you.

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Male 45
heh, from jack ass

my wiener can grow big and shrink with heat. my wiener becomes big and fat when its cold and small when its hot. lmao awww good ole jackass

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Male 1,016
lmao..it looked dead

id love that plant and name it wiener so i could scare wiener and make wiener move

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Female 198
thats so cool i would mess with that thing so much
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Male 321
...creepy...

Soon, they`ll grow arms and get the lighter and get revenge.

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Female 52
LOL We had them for a year or two, was funny messing with them by just touching them.
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Male 2,958
I could mess with that plant for hours.
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Male 10,115
Link: Plant shrinks away from heat [Rate Link] - Watch what happens when you put a flame near it.
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