What can happen if you mix soda or water with microwave baking soda? Below we will see it happening on a cutting board we use in every kitchen, but we do not suggest you do it home ...
The resulting designs are called Lichtenberg figures, and their name was taken from the German natural Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. They are created exactly in the same way that lightning is created in the sky during a storm.
In this case, the branching patterns are shown by an electrically conductive baking soda solution, placed on the wood chip, and burned by a high voltage source.
As the branches are formed, heat is produced that dries the nearby surfaces. Thus burning paths are constantly changing direction and driven where there is more conductive material, ie soda.
It's an exciting experiment, which you should not try at home because you'll need several thousand volts to create Lichtenberg data. Few appliances in your home can produce as much power as the microwave.
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