Did you know that popcorn was the first type of corn domesticated by humans? Or that the starch within popcorn is liquefied before it pops? …Check out one of the world’s most ancient snacks up close – and it looks like a bunch of bubbles.

From NPR’s Skunk BearPOP in and watch the science and history of popcorn. It’s explained with the assistance of a microscope and a few slow motion shots. Popcorn Under A Microscope.

Watch more from Skunk Bear on this site. Plus: From seed to snack – How to Make Popcorn on the Cob.

Updated with a 2018 version of this video.

Thanks, Heather.

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