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This Microwave Is the Size of a Thermos Flask

There’s a reason the microwave oven in your kitchen is a heavy brick: it uses a magnetron and vacuum tube technology that dates back to World War II. But since then, microwave technologies have been vastly improved (see phone towers) and a company called Wayv is finally using them to shrink the microwave. Read More >>

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These Sugar-Based Anti-Reflective Fake Moth Eyeballs Are Not for Eating

Do a quick scan of the latest edition of the journal Applied Physics Letters, and you’ll find that researchers from Belarus and France have fabricated an anti-reflective coating made from sucrose and modelled after moth eyeballs. It could be manipulating microwaves one day, but right now, it’s just incredibly cool. Read More >>

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Infrared Microwave Shows Your Food Change Colour as it Heats Up

After watching this video I feel like the best microwave I've ever used sucked very badly. What you see here is a concept for the Heat Map Microwave, which would have a built-in IR camera on top and a screen on the front, effectively allowing you to see exactly when your food has been heated all the way through. Get this thing in my kitchen right now. Read More >>

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China’s New Pain Laser Makes it Feel Like Your Organs are Boiling

Sure, it looks like somebody strapped a satellite dish to the roof of a box truck and painted it camouflage, but that doesn't make China's newest nonlethal weapon any easier to stomach. In fact, take a gut shot from this thing and your stomach will feel worse than a kitten in a microwave. Yet somehow, it won't kill you. Probably. Read More >>

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This Kid Took Apart a Microwave to Create an Insane Weapon

So don't take a microwave apart. Don't. Take. A microwave. Apart. Don't do it. Don't! But if you were curious about what would happen if you did, these idiots have you covered. It's as awesome as it is stupid! It is very awesome and very stupid. Read More >>

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What Actually Happens When You Put Metal in a Microwave

The rule is as simple as it is ubiquitous: don't stick aluminium foil in the microwave if you don't want to have to buy a new microwave. Everybody knows that, right? But, turns out, that old adage might be wrong. Read More >>

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A Microwave That Promises to Fry Your Food Without a Drop of Oil

Tefal kicked off the "frying foods with minimal oil" trend with its Actifry machine, but who really has room for yet another appliance on their kitchen counter—even if it promises healthier chips and chicken wings? That's why Samsung has introduced what it calls the Slim Fry feature on its microwaves, adding even more functionality to an appliance most of us can't live without. Read More >>

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The Microwave: Invented by Mistake

Somehow the humble microwave oven always appears to be a device from the near future, but the truth is, it’s been irradiating our food into readiness for decades now. So long in fact, that if it were a person it would be pulling a pension already. We decided to take a look at the history of this device which changed kitchens forever despite being invented by my mistake. Read More >>

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Other Kitchen Devices Can Harness Power from Your Microwave

When your microwave is sitting there glowing and spinning inside, do you ever wonder where all those stray rays of energy go? Turns out they usually just slip out the door, into thin air. But a Japanese scientist has found a way to harness that power and use it to juice your other appliances. Read More >>

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Microwaving a Highlighter Is So Dumb But Looks So Impossibly Cool

Ever wonder what happens when you nuke a highlighter? Neither have we, but Redditor opticreason has us all covered with an incredible mid-splosion shot that'll make you want to go ruin your microwave. Read More >>

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How Your Microwave Actually Works

Whatever energy you spend fussing with your microwave, testing out different power levels and durations, is wasted. It's about time you knew that. Because despite all your efforts, your food can only come out one of two ways: ice-cold, or mouth-singeing. Read More >>

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Researchers Can Make Bread Stay Fresh for 60 Days

Most foods deteriorate over time, but bread's a major culprit, often going stale after just a couple of days. Now, though, a US research company claims to be able to make your loaf stay fresh for up to 60 whole days. Read More >>

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Microwave Vending Machine Serves Up Hot and Cold Snacks

The guilt of spending your uni years dining from vending machines could be a thing of the past with a new model that serves up a piping hot meal alongside a cold drink. A company called EatWave Vending has created a refrigerated machine with a microwave inside, letting it automatically nuke pre-packaged items like burritos and sandwiches. Read More >>

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Is This the Most Beautiful Microwave Ever Created? I Say Yes

The microwave is an appliance without glory. You throw in your bag of un-popped kernels, some leftover Chinese food, whatever. Your slop is reanimated by The Power of the Atom, and you save time. But this microwave is different. Read More >>

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How a Microwave Oven Actually Works

We all have a little box in our kitchen that heats food up in minutes. But how the hell does it do that? Witchcraft? Not quite. Actually, microwaves cause water molecules in your food to move back and forth rapidly, and the resulting friction causes it to heat up. Read More >>