Meanwhile, the starch inside the kernel gets superheated into a gelatin. When the casing is finally breached, the remaining gas in the corn causes the insides to expand. The kernel proceeds to turn itself inside out and the starch immediately cools and hardens into a foam, like the tastiest Transformer ever.
Slow Things Down Enough, and You Can See the Movement of Light Itself
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If you tasked us with trying to film something at such a slow speed that we're actually able to capture the movement of light, we'd say that's impossible by definition. Doesn't the light have to travel to the camera in order for us to see it? So how would you possibly film something at a frame rate higher than the movement of light? Wouldn't you, like, go back in time or something?
Well, MIT scientists, who apparently don't have the words "freaking impossible" in their vocabularies, have gone right ahead and shot a video of laser light traveling along its merry 670 million mile per hour way.
We'll consider this scientific proof that Coke > Pepsi.
To do this, they developed an imaging system called Femto-Photography, which involves throwing lasers, a Coke bottle (?) and some mirrors together, with an end result of being able to visualize the movement of photons at a trillion frames per second. That's a trillion as in 12 zeros, folks -- the standard rate for full-motion video is 24 to 30 fps.
Without getting too technical, their "video" is actually a series of still photos captured basically all at once, by 500 sensors each operating on a delay of one trillionth of a second. They each capture the pulse of photons at a different stage of the journey, then piece it together in a YouTube video for your viewing pleasure.
Seconds before they tragically tried to boost their subscriber list by doing it with a cat.
Besides being able to make light look like something that should be pewing out of the end of a Storm Trooper's barrel, Femto-Photography has some other, equally amazing, applications. Obviously it lets them study the movement of light particles like never before (which is helpful in designing, well, any future device that uses light). And for example, we're betting there are plenty of soldiers or police officers who've found themselves in a situation where the ability to see around corners would come in handy. Well, thanks to Femto-Photography, science has made that happen, thanks to this device's ability to track the movement of photons bouncing off the unseen object:
Thanks, science! Now, when can we expect that feature on our smartphones?
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