Scientists Finally Figure Out Why Popcorn Pops

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A team of French researchers claims they’ve finally solved one of earth’s great scientific riddles: why popcorn makes a popping sound.¬†Similar to the pop of a champagne bottle, Emmanuel Virot and his colleagues have concluded that the popping sound is the result of pressurized water vapor rapidly escaping from the interior of a pan.¬†Using a high-speed camera that broke the popping process down to 2,900 frames per second, the researchers also concluded that when the kernel cracks, the escaping steam causes its interior to expand into the white flakes you ultimately eat.

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