There’s a physics lesson hiding in your bowl of pasta. In an effort to show how ring-shaped polymers work, physicists Davide Michieletto and Matthew Turner created “anelloni” which are giant rings of pasta. Traditional spaghetti noodles can be pulled one at a time from a bowl because they are open on either end, but not anelloni. The ring-shaped pasta gets tangled up in each other making it very difficult to separate.
The same thing would happen if ring-shaped molecules managed to get tangled up in a bunch. They’d actually become so tightly tangled that they’d appear to be frozen, creating a new form of matter called topological glass. Think on that next time you’re about to eat a giant bowl of tangle-free spaghetti.
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