Microwave radiation can indeed be dangerous to
humans, but you are unlikely to encounter
microwaves powerful enough to harm anyone in most
Microwave radiation isn't fundamentally
different from any other types of non-ionizing
radiation. Forms of ionizing radiation, like
gamma rays, have very high energies that can
actually rip electrons off of atoms. Ionizing
radiation can very negatively affect living things
by destroying parts of cells and DNA. Microwaves
don't have this much energy.
Actually,microwaves, light, and radio are all
forms of non-ionizing radiation.
danger from any form of non-ionizing radiation
comes from very high intensities. Just like you
should never look into a laser (a high intensity
form of light,) you wouldn't want to expose
yourself to high levels of microwave radiation.
Your microwave oven is safe because it blocks
microwaves from exiting. What is it about
microwave ovens that keeps the microwaves in?
A new concern that a lot of people have is
over the radiation their cellphones give off.
Most studies seem to show that it isn't harmful,
but it's very hard to study this kind of thing
because there are so many variables,so scientists
are still looking into the effects of this kind of
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