The Magic of Mushroom Spores
What made their paper special, said Money, is their description of variation in this mechanism. They found that tiny changes in spore shape produced profound alterations in water droplet shape. Changes in water droplet shape then affected the the trajectory of dispersed spores.
At one level, the findings are literally microscopic; at another, they're universal.
"Mushrooms are masterpieces of natural engineering," said Money, "and we are just beginning to understand how they work."