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Food Is Fuel

In this video excerpt from NOVA scienceNOW, learn about the potential energy contained in food. Correspondent and technology columnist David Pogue explores how a rat is digested by a snake and how food fuels the body. Scientist Stephen Secor demonstrates how to measure the amount of energy stored in a food using a bomb calorimeter. Portions of a dehydrated cupcake and rat are burned in a special tank; the results show that the cupcake has twice as many calories as the same amount of rat.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

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