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What do trees know that we don't? 13-year-old inventor Aidan realized that trees use a mathematical formula to gather sunlight in crowded forests. Then he wondered why we don’t collect solar energy in the same way.

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Director: Albert Maysles
Producer: Susan Carragher
Associate Producers: Ted Lambert & K.A. Dilday
Editor: Rob Hall
Camera: Albert Maysles
Assistant Camera: Nick Canfield & Nelson Walker
Titles: Nol Honig
Special Thanks: The Dwyer Family,
Dr. Rosamond Kinzler, Senior Director, Dept. of Education at The American Museum of Natural History
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