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Monday 5 February 2007

Briefcase ‘that changed the world’

The BBC has the story of how Britain gave away its most valuable technological secrets to America during World War Two.

In August 1940, a team of top scientists and engineers boarded a converted ocean liner. With them they carried a black metal box which contained, amongst other things, the prototype of a cavity magnetron.

This hardware allowed the Americans to develop airborne radar by early 1941 and, later, the microwave oven.


Filed under: History,Science — GS @ 10:15 pm

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