The History of Microwave Cooking

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Microwaves weren’t always counter sized.
From Raytheon’s radar business to your breakfast of leftover pizza, the story of microwave cooking is an interesting read. Like computers, they took off when the size (and price) came down.

The 1947 Radarange was a whopping six feet tall, weighed nearly 750 pounds, and required its own 220 volt electrical line and a dedicated water line for the cooling tube. It sold for $2000, or nearly $22,000 today. Not yet an appliance for the home cook, Raytheon marketed the behemoth appliance to high-volume, quick service restaurants. Busy diners, ocean liners and hospitals all purchased their own Radaranges, cooking hamburgers and sheet cakes in less than 30 seconds.

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Indian Security Forces Plan to Replace Explosives With Hot Chillies

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Bang! Now you are burning.

India’s security forces are planning to mix one of the world’s hottest chilli powders in hand grenades to control riots and battle insurgents.

Defence scientists said they will replace explosives in small grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise a person without killing him.

“We are working on a project on how to use the hottest chilli in different applications in defence forces,” said RB Srivastava, a scientist at the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation.

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New Sweater Tells You The Temperature

 

New Sweater Tells You The Temperature

Temperature Sweater

This might look like a regular old fleece sweater, but it’s got a bit more technology on board than your average warmth-providing garment. It actually has two LED screens, one on each sleeve, and built in thermometers to tell the temperature. One sleeve gives the temperature in Fahrenheit, the other in Celsius.

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Tiny Solar Fan Makes You Look Crazy, But Will Keep You Cool

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Blow Me!

 

I don’t know about where you live, but the county fairs are in full swing in my part of the States. I live in the sort of area that is surrounded by corn, and people love to train farm animals to do tricks. It’s also rather hot out, and the people that attend such fairs have no issue with using strange contraptions to keep themselves cool. I really wouldn’t be surprised to walk past a farmer wearing one of these.

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Video Games are the Hot New Ad Space

Video Games are the Hot New Ad Space

Video-game advertising comprises a number of different segments, and they are all seeing plenty of action. Overall, eMarketer projects that US in-game advertising spending will increase from $295 million in 2007 to $650 million in 2012.

In-game advertising spending is buoyed by a vibrant video game industry that is enjoying unprecedented growth. eMarketer projects that video game software and hardware sales will increase to $21 billion in 2012.

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