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23 April 20130 Comments by Jon M

Timeout Tuesday: Popping corn

Time for an old YouTube classic today. Mobile phones work with electromagnetic radiation. These electromagnetic waves transfer information between your handset and the mobile company’s cell towers. As it’s often several miles to the nearest cell tower, you need quite a strong powerful amount of electromagnetic radiation to reach it. And it just so happens that mobile phone radio waves have a wavelength of about 3cm – very similar to the heating radiation used in microwave ovens. So, by combining several mobile phones and calling them together, it’s possible to concentrating the heating waves in one position and use them to pop popcorn. Check it out for yourself:

(In case you didn’t realise, these videos are fake – it’s not really possible!)


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