Why a mosquito wasnot died after 2 minutes in a Microwave ?

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Post by protozoan » Tue Aug 16, 2005 3:01 pm

Was that mosquito fixed or so? Cause if not he can very quickly fly trough the whole area of microwave oven and find cooler area while ant cannot.
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Post by mith » Tue Aug 16, 2005 3:17 pm

Here's a website on some cool(dangerous) experiements!


Accordin to that website, microwave hotspots may depend on individual microwaves. Some might have better technology to spread the heat.
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Post by cobi » Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:12 am

Thanks to mithrilhack and the others.

I read the site that mithrilhack recommended, i mostly understood what i did't before.
You can read the below cite, it is so clear to answer the question!

I nuked the fruit flies on the food, but they survived!

I noticed the same thing. There are several possibilities. First, the pattern of heating inside the oven is NOT uniform: there are hot spots and cold spots, and the hot spots don't touch the metal walls. If a bug crawls on the oven surface, it's fairly safe. Also, if you're cooking a large hunk of food at the time, then this food absorbs the RF energy like mad, and insects won't get as hot as when the oven is totally empty. Also, insects have built-in behavior to avoid being cooked by sunlight... if they feel hot, they crawl faster, and if the heat stops, they stop too. Perhaps when you turn on the oven, all the bugs move until they hit a cold spot in the radio wave pattern, then they stay in that spot. (If a bug was on the rotating glass platter, then it's out of luck.)

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Post by mothorc » Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:07 pm

the glass disc was used still cold when my ant died

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