Scientists figure out why popcorn pops

February 11, 2015 3:58 PM

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Scientists figure out why popcorn pops

Popcorn pops because ... you set your microwave to two minutes on high, right? As you might expect, there's a little more science to it than that, and two French engineers have dug into exactly what happens when a kernel of corn does its thing.

Their formula-filled study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, kicks off with this sentence: "Popcorn is the funniest corn to cook, because it jumps and makes a 'pop' sound in our pans." But Emmanuel Virot and Alexandre Ponomarenko get far more scientific from there, noting tha...

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