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6th Grade Science Project: Microwaved vs. Purified Water
« on: April 19, 2006, 10:25:39 AM »
Microwaved Water and Plants
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Our thanks to Marshall Dudley of Knoxville, TN for sharing his granddaughter, Arielle Reynolds', experiment with us. Both Arielle's mother, Christina, and Grandpa have much to be proud of. Congratulations, Arielle, well done!

Below is a science fair project that my granddaughter did for 2006. In it she took filered water and divided it into two parts. The first part she heated to boiling in a pan on the stove, and the second part she heated to boiling in a microwave. Then after cooling she used the water to water two identical plants to see if there would be any difference in the growth between the normal boiled water and the water boiled in a microwave. She was thinking that the structure or energy of the water may be compromised by microwave. As it turned out, even she was amazed at the difference.













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Followup. We have seen a number of comments on this, such as what was the water in the microwave boiled in. The thinking is that maybe some leaching took place if it was in plastic. It was boiled in a plastic cup, so this could be a possibility. Also it was not a double blind experiment, so she knew which was which when watering them. On top of that she was wanting the microwaved ones to do poorly, and although most scientists would dismiss the idea, it is possible that her thoughts toward each plant had an effect as well. Bottom line is, the results are intersting, and duplicate the results that others have reported (try Googling '"microwaved water" plants') more experiments need to be done with better controls and as a double blind study. But this was a simple 6th grade science fair project, and was never intended to be anything more than that.

The plants were genetically identical, they were produced from graphs from the same parent plant, so that variable can be eliminated.
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Re: 6th Grade Science Project: Microwaved vs. Purified Water
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2006, 10:29:02 AM »

Damn glad I haven't got one of those things in my kitchen.
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Re: 6th Grade Science Project: Microwaved vs. Purified Water
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2006, 10:34:54 AM »
Ours broke 6 months ago. It was different going back to the traditional way of cooking. One good thing this winter was we used the over more to cook so while it was running, the heat was off in the house.
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Re: 6th Grade Science Project: Microwaved vs. Purified Water
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2006, 10:50:36 AM »
Shit.. I'm gonna chuck mine away :-[
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