Watching the PBS show Wired Science on KET 2 this evening I saw a number of interesting stories about science including ones on digital paleontology and the Wired Science expo showing some neat advances in robotics. The show prompted me to go to the pbs.org website and I found a story about watermelon thumping. Groups are doing research on using sound analysis to determine if a watermelon is ripe.
Here is the link: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience/story/63-watermelon_thumping.html
It is a pretty cool idea but I think I will stick with tendril analysis. Of course, what am I going to do in the store when buying a melon?
Pulled up the watermelon patch today and dumped about 5 underdeveloped melons in a ditch. The plastic was folded up for next year and the watermelon vines will be turned in to mulch. Having three days of frost just killed all the green on those vines and grape leaves have turned brown as well.