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Archimedes Death Ray: Idea Feasibility Testing Feature Summary

Type:
Physics in Your World
Title:
Archimedes Death Ray
Description:
Although MythBusters® "busted" the myth that Archimedes ignited nearby Roman warships with reflected sunlight, students in MIT's Product Engineering Process course succeeded (high-res image). Check out Archimedes Death Ray: Idea Feasibility Testing for lots of interesting details and also a link to the MythBusters® follow-up.
Image:
Photo credit: David Wallace, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering; <a href="http://web.mit.edu/2.009/www/experiments/deathray/10_ArchimedesResult.html" target="_blank">image source</a>
Photo credit: David Wallace, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering; image source
Image URL:
http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/burningShip-large9-20-07.jpg
Featured:
October 1, 2007 - October 16, 2007