01/11/2013

Getting a Handle on Why Fingers Wrinkle

7:00 minutes

Why do your fingers get pruney after a long water bath? Only a handful of researchers (ever) have looked into the finger-wrinkling experience. Reporting in the journal Biology Letters, researchers make the case for finger wrinkles as treads—wet wrinkled fingers seem to grip better than wet smooth ones.

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Flora Lichtman

Flora Lichtman is host of The Adaptors podcast and former SciFri multimedia producer in New York, New York.

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Flora Lichtman is host of The Adaptors podcast and former SciFri multimedia producer in New York, New York.