Thursday, September 14, 2006

We have to install microwave ovens

There's something odd going on in our kitchen: the microwave oven heats up the bowls much more than it heats up the food inside the bowl. We wind up with coldish food inside a bowl that's too hot to touch.

This is not something I recall experiencing before. I'm not sure if our current bowls are unusually microwave-absorptive, or if our current microwave oven radiates at a particular absorbing frequency for ceramic.

Because of a completely unrelated topic, I was searching through the RAND library today and found this 1962 paper by Marvin Schaffer: The Thermal Response of Small Animals to Microwave Irradiation.


At 1:18 PM, September 15, 2006, Blogger Jordan said...

I like this part of the abstract:

Empirical correlations are attempted on rectal temperature data for mice and dogs assuming the homeostatic mechanisms respond as nonlinear controls with constant coefficients and only capacity lag.

At 11:17 PM, September 26, 2006, Blogger Grace said...

Have you read this?
"Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday."

At 4:46 AM, April 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the next DARPA challenge, you need a secret weapon. A 3-4 foot satellite dish, azimuth-elevation controller, and a microwave oven, with the door cut and drilled to support appropriate plumbing to carry the microwaves to the feedpoint of the dish. Add to this a PA system and a CD of the daleks droning "Exterminate...". Then program it run amok. Can your guidance/vision software identify good things to microwave?


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