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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Entirely new pasta shape is invented by physicists - ‘anneloni’ – 

Entirely new pasta shape is invented by physicists

Two physicists have created an entirely new form of pasta – ‘anneloni’ – which is, its creators boast, far more difficult to eat than any previous known form of pasta.

‘Anneloni’ is made using nothing more exotic than two eggs and 200g of plain flour – and is created in a normal pasta maker, rather than the Large Hadron Collider.

Simply cook, and throw it into a bowl, and it forms hugely complicated entangled loops of pasta, which prove something quite important about physics, and taste delicious with a light dusting of parmesan.

The researchers, Davide Michieletto and Matthew S Turner of the university University of Warwick say that the new pasta is far more baffling than boring, normal pasta such as spaghetti.

While it’s easy to suck or pull out a strand of spaghetti it’s much harder to extract a single piece of pasta from a pile of anelloni, which get horribly tangled up.

This mimics the behaviour of ring-shaped polymers, which the two physicists love almost as much as pasta itself.

‘When it comes to eating pasta, the Italians were right all along – you’re better off sticking to spaghetti, which you can eat nice and quickly. Make yourself a bowl of anelloni and it’s likely to have gone cold by the time you’ve pulled all the rings apart and struggled your way to the messy end,” the researchers say.

‘The thing about ring-shaped polymers…is that they’re very poorly understood – in fact, they’re one of the last big mysteries in polymer physics,’ the researchers write.


Most popular puppy names of 2014 - Max and Bella - the rest of the results -

Most popular puppy names of 2014 - Max and Bella - the rest of the results - 

We've come a long way since names like Fido, Spot and Rover ruled. In fact, the most popular dog names of 2014 might be just as common on the playground as they are in the dog park.

VetStreet.com, a site dedicated to linking pet owners to veterinarians, analyzed its database to find the most popular puppy names of 2014. The results? Max and Bella reign supreme for the second year in a row.

Each of the top three female names — Bella, Daisy and Lucy — have kept their status as top dog, while some names were less lucky. Molly and Sophie each fell one spot while Chloe plummeted two. The Cinderella Story of this year's list is Luna, which jumped four spots since 2013; a trend VetStreet.com attributes to the "Harry Potter" series.

For male dogs, half of the names maintained their position with Cooper, Duke, Bear, Bentley and Toby all holding strong. Charlie and Rocky each climbed one spot while Zeus bumped up three places to number 8. 

To arrive at its list of most popular dog names, VetStreet.com reviewed its database of almost 1 million registered names since Jan. 1, 2014. Here are the top 10 lists for their male and female pooches:

Male dogs:

Female dogs:


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