A sweet advance in candy packing
Objects shaped like M&Ms can snuggle together more tightly than spheres do.
By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM February 17, 2004
Don't play with your food—unless you're doing a science experiment. Then, you might learn something surprising.
That's what happened recently when researchers started amusing themselves with M&Ms. They found that you can cram more M&Ms into a bag than gumballs of the same size. Their lab and computer experiments showed that objects shaped like M&Ms—squashed spheres—can pack together more tightly than spherical ones can.
Researchers Paul Chaikin (left) and Salvatore Torquato of Pr...
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