TED KINSMAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TED KINSMAN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
A slit-scan image of a decorative Flint. Also called photo finish and streak photography the technique is often used to determine the outcome of a horse race. In this application, the technique is used to capture the arrangement of corn kernels in Flint corn. Flint corn is also known as a Indian corn or calico corn and is a common decorative corn seen here in the United States throughout the Thanksgiving season. Flint corn (Zea mays indurata) is named for the hard layer that protects the kernel. Each kernel is as hard as flint, and thus the name. This decorative corn can also be eaten as popcorn.
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