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Re: How come roaches don't get zapped in the microwave oven?

Date: Thu Aug 19 23:05:38 2004
Posted By: Kevin Reed, Engineer
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 1090037094.Gb


Roaches are, in fact, very difficult to kill with any sort of radiation. I 
found a brief discussion of the effects of radiation presented by my 
estimable Mad Scientist colleague Andrew Karam at

Microwave radiation's effect on roaches is less examined than "hard" 
radiation like gamma or alpha rays, and there isn't much information 
available. However, I did find some informal discussion of roaches and 
microwaves in the archives of The Straight Dope at

and the alumnus research pages at CalTech at

I hope that you find these informative and entertaining!

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