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Thin liquids threads are formed when two slices of okra (Abelmoschus esculentusare) pulled apart. Biopolymers (polyshacharides) present in the fruit sap stabilize are stretched during the operation and provide elastic stresses which stabilize the threads.

Contributed by Jose Bico and Prof. Gareth McKinley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.


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