Monday, July 2, 2007

From the Space Program to your Kitchen!

You may have a high-tech piece of cookware sitting in your kitchen!

In the 1950s, scientists developed a glass-ceramic material called
Pyroceram©. It probably looks very familiar to you. This material is heat resistant, durable, and invisible to radar!


This stuff was once used by the military and space program. My favorite use? Missile nose cones!

Pyroceram © was later used in kitchens because someone realized that it would make great cookware. It has changed names over the years, but Corning is the company that continues to use this technology – unbeknownst to moms everywhere!

I think the coolest part is that it is invisible to radar. This feature makes it perfectly suited for use in a microwave oven.

Why?
Microwaves and radar are related. Because Pyroceram is invisible to radar, this means that it is also invisible to microwaves. 

I think it’s really cool that dinner could be served in something that evades radar like the B-2 stealth bomber!
That's what I call everyday science. Pretty cool!

Dr. Dave

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