A. Another way to ask this, At a concert hall, can you hear equally well from all the seats? Certainly not, says Case Western Reserve physicist John D. McGervey, because wave interference patterns create dead spots in the hall.
One thing working in the ants’ favor is that they don’t have much liquid in their bodies, so the microwaves–which cook meats by heating their water content–would act more slowly on ants than on people. That could buy the poor ants some time to save themselves. But how?
By seeking out the dead spots, naturally. Microwave ovens have them just like concert halls, creating those annoying cold pockets in cooked foods. “The ants probably are quite uncomfortable when they are bathed in microwave radiation, so they try to get away. If they find a dead spot they feel better, so they stay there and survive.”[/quote]
On a related note, they are building robot cockroaches. They will infiltrate the roach colonies and introduce new behavior - they will teach the cockroaches to sit out in the light. It’s a really sci-fi concept that may soon become a reality:
Within a decade, its inventors believe, it will be leading the unwanted pests out of dark kitchen corners, to where they can be eliminated. [/quote]
Am I the only one who feels that developing a robot capable of training and leading cockroaches is not a good idea? Picture a relentless army of the disgusting beasts, ready to fight and die as they march on civilization.
No thanks - trained and mobilized roaches are something we don’t need.
Note that the microwaves in an oven are not evenly distributed. I’d think that an ant would fry quickly if shot by a “beam” directly as microwave excites liquids and hence “heats” water, milk readily. Ants and other bugs should be “zappable” within 10 seconds if placed properly. Find out by taping gently an ant at various locations in the oven. :raspberry:
…although, of course, the tape would not be necessary if we had an ant-version of one of twocs’s drill-sergeant robot bugs to just train the little suckers to march to the appropriate part of the microwave and maintain their position.