spheres and spheroids, packing and candy machines
Reading the article, Sweet science: Common candies yield physics discovery, one discovers the “revelation” that you can pack more M&Ms in a smaller space than spheres. As someone with a homemade candy machine in his home… I’d say that it’s obvious and hardly surprising. Flatter objects take up less space than fuller ones.
It seems like I could have told them this. On the other hand, having scientific testing and mathemtical data proving this principles is actually handier and more functional than my kitchen-inpsired ideas.