Science Behind Popcorn Popping: How the Snack Makes its Signature Sound

February 11, 2015 6:04 PM

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Scientists have delved into the science behind popcorn as it breaks apart and makes the distinct sound for which it is named.

According to BBC News, authors of a study published in the journal Royal Society Interface found that individual kernels "pop" at a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius, regardless of their size. The burst is enough to cause the kernel to propel upward and the sound it makes is the release of a vapor.

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