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January 31, 2018

#1949: Fruit Collider

Fruit Collider

[Ponytail points with a stick at a graph hanging on the wall. It depicts a collision of two apples producing a banana, a bunch of grapes, a cherry, three strawberries, and one product which is too small to distinguish clearly but which may be a single grape or berry.]

Ponytail: When two apples collide, they can briefly form exotic new fruit. Pineapples with apple skin. Pomegranates full of grapes. Watermelon-sized peaches.

Ponytail: These normally decay into a shower of fruit salad, but by studying the debris, we can learn what was produced.

Ponytail: Then, the hunt is on for a stable form.

[Caption below the panel:]

How new types of fruit are developed