What was lacking in their research was a solution to this age-old problem. But now, two MIT graduates have figured it out. Published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their paper explains how to successfully break spaghetti in clean halves every single time. Since 2015, they've been using a special device to snap countless spaghetti strands. Eventually they discovered that if the device's clamps rotated the strand beyond 270 degrees, the spaghetti would experience a clean break. This is because the corkscrewed pasta will create a "twist wave" when breaking, and because this twist wave is faster than the previously discovered snap-back wave, it dissipates that energy, causing the strands' halves to remain intact. So all you have to do is firmly grip your hard noodle, twist it hard, and then gently pull down to achieve a satisfactory burst. We're kind of amazed it took college students this long to figure it out.