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Havana Syndrome or a Case for Eliminating the Implausible

9 Oct 2021

The story of Havana syndrome has acquired mythical qualities in its telling. In late 2016 and early 2017, members of the American embassy in Havana, Cuba, started to report debilitating symptoms...

Can Coffee Really Explode in the Microwave?

6 Dec 2018

This is due to a phenomenon known as superheating. First, we have to understand what boiling is all about. At the surface of a liquid molecules are always evaporating. If we leave a glass of water...

Can you use a metal container to heat up food in a microwave?

12 Apr 2018

Apparently this question was prompted by a remark a guest made on the Dr. Oz Show. While speaking of “toxins” released from plastic he said something about stainless steel being preferable. This...

Microwave Confusion

5 Apr 2017

The scientists working at the Raytheon Company during World War II were undoubtedly highly stressed.  Britain was being attacked by Nazi warplanes and their task was to develop an electronic system...

Metal in the Micro

20 Mar 2017

Because I take the odd shot at Dr. Oz (he is after all such an inviting target) people send me reports of some of his antics. Apparently he, or one of his guests, muttered something about using...

Microwaves and Blood

20 Mar 2017

There is a lot of nonsense that goes around about microwaves. I’m sure you heard many of them. They destroy nutrients in food. They cause cancer if you stand next to a microwave oven. Microwaved...

Does food cooked in the microwave lose its' nutritional value?

20 Mar 2017

A resounding “not true!” First of all, all food is dead, unless you graze on grass or take a bite out of a living cow, neither of which is advisable. As far as nutrition goes, microwave cooking is...

Will watering plants with heated microwaved water kill them?

20 Mar 2017

The email features pictures of plants supposedly watered either with microwaved water or with water that has been heated on a stove top. Supposedly this little research gem was carried out by a...

This device causes water molecules to flip back and forth some 2.45 billion times a second. What is it?

20 Mar 2017

A microwave oven. Over 90% of North American homes have a microwave oven. These devices of course generate heat, but they also generate loads of controversy. However, there is no controversy about...


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