Cool Jobs: Explosive pursuits

These researchers study things that go boom — or poof!

By Sharon Oosthoek, 18:06 PM November 14, 2012

This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

The bunchberry dogwood is the fastest flower on Earth. It literally explodes into bloom, firing off its pollen faster than a rifle can get off a shot — three times faster, actually. The bunchberry’s explosive blossoming even earned it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

“It’s so unexpected,” admits Joan Edwards, the botanist who ...

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