March 2019

After demonstrations of the curious behaviour of cats and the downright baffling behaviour of boys on skateboards, some of the most common videos to be found on the World Wide Web feature people inserting all manner of objects into microwave ovens. The results often border on the catastrophic, but occasionally they prove to be thought provoking. That was certainly the case for Aaron Slepkov, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Physics of Biomaterials at Trent University, when he first saw an on-line demonstration of how a sliced grape creates sparks in a microwave.

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