Physicists invent new pasta shape

December 7, 2014 2:19 PM

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Physicists invent new pasta shape

It's food for thought—quite literally. A pair of scientists in the UK have turned a physics problem into an Italian-style dish. They invented anelloni, whose name is based on the Italian word for ring, as a way of studying ring-shaped polymers, reports.

Polymers, the site notes, are the "building blocks of plastics." Ring-shaped polymers can get very tangled, just like the new pasta does—unlike spaghetti, for instance, whose individual strands can usually be pulled out of a plate of the stuff, Davide Michieletto explains in a video.

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