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Questions tagged [microwaves]

A kitchen appliance that heats food by dielectric heating accomplished with radiation used to heat polarized molecules in food.

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Was the microwave discovered by finding food cooked in a pocket?

Percy Spencer, just after the end of World War II, was working on a power tube for the Raytheon Corporation. Nothing might have come of it, if it weren’t for one heroic chocolate bar that gave its ...
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Does eating food cooked with a microwave reduce the haemoglobin count of the blood?

HealthyHolisticLiving writes in Facts About Microwave Ovens That Will Make You Never Want To Use One Again The blood samples from test subjects who had consumed microwaved foods demonstrated ...
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Is microwaving Styrofoam hazardous/toxic/unhealthy?

I have heard this mentioned many times throughout life. It is also number 5 in this article's list of Things you should never put in a microwave. But is it really bad to microwave Styrofoam? ...
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Does placing metal inside the microwave damage the microwave?

It's practically common knowledge that microwaving metal objects can damage the microwave. I've heard this multiple times, mostly from my mom, and I've always believed it to be true. But is it? Would ...
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Is 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11 (WiFi) Dangerous? [duplicate]

Over the years, I've heard (and read about) various dubious claims and doubtful allegations regarding the dangers of WiFi & 2.4GHz wireless ISM band communications in general. The stories ...
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Water exploding upon microwaving [duplicate]

Many people believe that water can explode out of a container after being microwaved. Is this true?
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Does heating breast milk in a microwave oven destroy nutrients?

Related to this question but from nutritional point of view. Does microwave heating (not excessive) reduce human breast milk nutritional qualities? Especially compared to conventional stove heating....
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Does microwaving breast milk cause dangerous hot spots?

I was almost eaten alive by my wife after she found out I heated our baby's dinner in a microwave. The concern is that microwave heating is uneven and it could make a super hot spot in breast milk or ...
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Does microwaved water kill plants?

I have seen this story a couple of times in my facebook newsfeed and it strikes me as highly unlikely. The story goes: Below is a Science fair project presented by a girl in a secondary school in ...
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Did the Soviet Union ban microwave ovens in 1976?

Some anti-microwave evangelists make the claim that the USSR banned microwave ovens in 1976 following a study which raised health concerns. Sometimes an additional claim is made that the ban lasted ...
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Can you recharge a phone battery in the microwave?

Claim from Facebook: Did you know? A smartphone microwaves for just one minute will fully charge the battery. Lifehacker insists it's fake, and I know it is, but I figured it'd be a useful ...
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Do harmful chemicals migrate from the container into the food if you microwave the food in a plastic container?

In a comment to the best answer to question 582, Muhd writes: "I would add that it is also unhealthy if you microwave in something that is not microwave safe as toxic chemicals could migrate into the ...
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Is it possible to heat water beyond the boiling point using a microwave? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can microwaved water explode? Is it possible to heat water beyond its boiling point using a microwave? Furthermore, is there any truth to stories that such overheated water ...
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Are microwave hot-spots real?

So, this was originally a part of this question, but from the comments it seems like it might be beneficial to branch it. I have been told that the microwave left "hot spots" — areas in a fluid ...
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Is the microwave bad for heating baby food? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is food cooked in a microwave oven considered harmful for the health? I am well aware that there are concerns about "hot spots" (small areas which are hotter than others that ...
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Mobile towers pose serious hazards? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do mobile phones have anything to do with brain cancer? Today we had a seminar about wireless technologies and were told that mobile towers pose serious health hazards. I ...
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Are Microwave Ovens Harmful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can microwave ovens give you cancer? I was handed a leaflet today by a man in a bumble-bee costume. Here's an excerpt: Cook with Love. but without a Microwave Oven ln ...
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Are secret U.S. army tests to blame for TV presenters speaking gibberish?

I've seen this suggestion made in several places; here's one. Around the time of April 2011, several US news presenters or personalities descended into speaking gibberish on national TV. Some have "...
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Can you test for microwave leaks by putting a cell phone inside and calling it?

I heard as long ago as 2003 that trying to call a cell phone while it's inside a microwave (with the microwave off, of course) could be used to test if the shielding of the microwave was intact. I ...
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Can standing in front of a microwave oven give you cancer?

I was heating up some lunch in the microwave oven at work a few weeks ago, and peered into the window to see if my soup was bubbling yet. At that point a coworker walked into the lunch room and ...
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Is food cooked in a microwave oven harmful for the health?

A colleague of mine just made a comment about cooking food in a microwave oven. According to him it is considered to be harmful to one's health. Is it true?
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Can microwaved water explode?

Some time ago I read a warning that microwaved water can "explode" under certain circumstances. There was one case as an example where someone heated water in the microwave, took it out and then it "...