- Oct 29, 2002
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- East of Suez
I believe you.
I cannot access that link without jumping through hoops.
They instead grow hugely in proportion and chase Joan Collins. (interesting read and, yes, I am going to try it)
There's a workaround: move home outside of the European Union.I cannot access that link without jumping through hoops.
Same result. Curse my Englishness.There's a workaround: move home outside of the European Union.
(joking aside, no hoops at all this end)
Try this: https://www.independent.co.uk/envir...ants-get-killed-in-the-microwave-9579667.html
TextSame result. Curse my Englishness.
That's a word I don't think I've heard since school.
A microwave works by passing radio waves at a frequency of 2.45 gigahertz through any food. Radio waves at this frequency have an interesting property: they are absorbed by water and fats. When absorbed, the water or fat molecules start rotating due to the alternating nature of the electric fields of the microwave. This atomic motion is directly converted into energy which is given out as heat.Now, coming to the question itself. A number of theories were placed. Here are some of them:1. Ants are too small to be affected by microwaves as the wave lengths of these waves are quite large.2. Ants contain too little water for them to be affected by the microwave.3. Chitin (Ants exoskeleton material) will resist microwaves.Microwave beams are standing wave. Such waves always remain in a constant position. So within a microwave there will be places where the energy density will be very high, whereas in others it will be very low. That is why we always have a turntable within microwave ovens in order to make sure that all parts of a meal are heated.Ants also have another mechanism to their advantage of microwave survival: they have one of the largest body surface areas to volume ratios. This helps it to cool down really fast, so if an ant were caught in a high-energy zone within the microwave, its body surface area advantage helps it to cool down quickly while moving to a low energy zone. So the mighty ant survives some very intense environments.Akash ShahSomeone has done this experiment before: Microwave Tolerance of Ants.Conclusion: It seems the hypothesis was disproved and ants are able to tolerate a microwave for a relatively high amount of time. One area of interest is whether an ant that is allowed to 'free roam' has a better chance of survival then an ant that stays in one spot.Xu BeixiThe reason has to do with the ant's small size and the wave length, which is 12.2cm. The ant is too small to capture sufficient energy to heat. If the wave length was shorter – near the length of the ant – then it would become visible to the microwaves and heat. A box of ants will heat very well and the ants would be killed.Robert F Schiffmann, microwave scientist
"Therefore... something, something, blah, blah, blah aliens."The first three men on Earth (according to the Bible), Adam, Abel and Cain, have the same initials as the first three men who went to the Moon - Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins.
So it tastes like flat Irn Bru?Whilst away this weekend, I've learned that the spring water at Tunbridge Wells is chalybeate and high in iron. A litre of the stuff would suffice a woman her RDA of the mineral element. I also learned that it tastes like rusty nails, unsurprisingly!
I always have associated the term with something that was amateurish, second rate, poorly organised or cheaply made.As a dismissive adjective meaning shoddy, old-fashioned or cheap it dates back to the turn of the last century, thus pre-dating Disney animations.
As a noun of variable meanings (all of which suggest something bad, unpleasant, or underhanded) it pre-dates Walt Disney's birth.
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spaceflight_records#Longest_continuous_occupation_of_space says the date is 31 October: It took the crew two days to get to the ISS.The last time all human beings have been together on Earth was November 2, 2000.
Since then, the International Space Station has been continuously occupied.