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Microwave Radiation Experiment

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Recently, I was asked a question about Microwaves Sjrads,

“You have a microwave? Heat up a cup of water, then test it with the counter. I really want to see if the microwave puts radiation in the food stuff like people say.”

The short answer is: No, it will not but here is why:

Microwaves do produce radiation, but this radiation is thermal, meaning an increased movment of the atoms within the food, not ionizing. Nuclear Ionizing Radiation adds or removes particles from and atom, generally electrons, by shear force. Ionizing radiation is destructive. Thermal radiation from a microwave is non-distructive (though it will blow your dinner up). A short test will show that microwaves will not increase the ambiant radiation of a sample of water.

Enjoy this little video.