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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Microwaves, can they kill ants?



So i had a bizarre thought just now, as I went to the kitchen and grabbed a hot pocket I went to stick in the microwave and I saw some ants in there then I thought, can ants die if I set this microwave on? It turns out those little buggers survived, how they did it I don't know!

30 Minutes Later...

I have been doing some research and I have found the reason why these little folks lived.
To understand why we must first look at How a Microwave ovens works.
They do not have an even spread on energy throughout the oven caverty, due to the nature of the standing waves produced by the magnetron - The device that produces the microwaves. The Microwaves are channeled to the Oven caverty by a microwave duct in the top of the oven and the concentration of energy comes from it and showers down in a column much the same as water from the shower head in your shower. The standing microwaves excite the molecules of water within the food causing them to vibrate rapidly and collide which produces heat. By using a revolving table your microwave oven passes your food under this invisible shower of energy, overcoming most of the Hot Spots that would be created by this columnised concentration of energy.

As for the ants
1. An an ant is able to sense where the Hot Spots of Energy are and stay where the energy is less concentrated.
2. The ant has a large surface area for its little body mass, so if it does wander into an area where the energy is greater it has time to turn for safety before frying.

17 comments:

  1. I've turned on the stove and seen ants on it and they just scream and burn. They cant survive that!

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  2. Interesting....ants surving microwave?

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  3. lol good job man!

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  4. but can they kill croakcoaches?

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  5. your post is actually interesting! i hate ants more than anything, and this disappoints me. i'll have to conduct studies of my own some day.\

    i thought it would be their tough exoskeleton that makes them impenetrable to microwaves.

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  6. Can it kill humans? Facts have shown nothing.

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  7. Completely useless - but entertaining!

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  8. interesting stuff brah!

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  9. lol, how random blog :D

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  10. cool blog
    followed :)

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  11. This is also why microwaves are rubbish at defrosting stuff...all the water molecules are locked into ice crystals so can't vibrate to heat up...so that's why on defrost your magnetron will only kick in for 10 seconds at a time

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  12. damn, great post! and way to really do your research and find that out... i'll definitely be sure to check back often :3

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  13. ha ha ha my microwave kills cockroach$$

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