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The physics of popcorn: Watch the explosion in slow motion

The physics of popcorn: Watch the explosion in slow motion

It’s one of the most dramatic transformations in science, and it happens in your microwave.

Most popcorn lovers take for granted that a simple kernel of corn can metamorphose into a fluffy treat. But to a pair of French researchers, the popping of corn presents a powerful demonstration of how the laws of physics apply to everything — even a snack food.

“This phenomenon contains interesting physics from different fields: thermodynamics, biomechanics and acoustics,” said aeronautical engineer Emmanuel Virot and physicist Alexandre Ponomarenko, the authors of a 

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