Studying piles

09 May 2012

We’re not anti-intellectual here, but sometimes we wonder why the world’s cleverest people don’t just ask the rest
of us before they start their research projects: we could save them a lot of time.

“When stacking apples on a market stall, fruit sellers naturally adopt a particular arrangement: a regular pyramid with a triangular base. The Laboratoire de Physique des Solides has demonstrated that this arrangement is favoured for reasons of mechanical stability,” Science Daily tells us.

Next month: zoologists finally discover why that bear is going into the woods.

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