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THERE was out­rage re­cently when an Amer­i­can woman showed how to make Bri­tish tea, or “hot tea” as she called it, in a mi­crowave.

It’s a sub­ject that can eas­ily get Bri­tish peo­ple riled. Al­though every­one has a pref­er­ence when it comes to mak­ing a proper cuppa, the Brits do think they are the cham­pi­ons of tea-mak­ing and drink­ing.

Sci­en­tists in China re­cently found out why water heated in a mi­crowave is just not up to the job. The tra­di­tional method us­ing a ket­tle warms the water from the bot­tom. The warmed water rises to the top of the ket­tle, mak­ing room for cooler liq­uid to make con­tact with the heat. Grad­u­ally the tem­per­a­ture of the water be­comes the same all the way through.

In a mi­crowave, the heat source is all around and warms up not just the liq­uid but the con­tainer as well, and the liq­uid at the top be­comes much hot­ter than at the bot­tom. Sci­en­tists think they have a so­lu­tion to the mi­crowave prob­lem, us­ing a sil­ver-plated lid to help heat the water more evenly. But will it make bet­ter tea?!

 ??  ?? Never put a spoon (or any­thing metal) in the mi­crowave!
Never put a spoon (or any­thing metal) in the mi­crowave!

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