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Taking a McIntosh to market.

Beware of biting into an apple that has a hollow core. This fall, a miniature computer disguised as an apple will travel from a Michigan orchard, where it will be picked from a tree, all the way to a grocery shopper's bag. Along every step of its way, it'll record all the shocks and bangs that it suffers. The "apple" will also register temperature and humidity changes.

This computer's bruising ordeal should give researchers at Michigan State University in Lansing a better picture of when and how fruit is damaged on its way to the grocery shelf (SN: 5/12/84, p. 300). Agricultural engineer Bernie Tennes of the U.S. Department of Agriculture heads the project.
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Title Annotation:miniature computer disguised as an apple used in fruit handling research
Publication:Science News
Date:Aug 10, 1985
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