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Excerpts From The Mad Scientist’s Handbook: So You’re Ready to Vaporize a Human.

By Kyle Hill  September 12th 2013.        Find Full Article Here:-

In Chapter 4* we discussed the proper maintenance and operation of energy weapons such as plasma rifles and Tesla cannons. In this chapter, you will learn how to direct those beams and blasts like a true mad scientist! (See Chapter 9 for “The Dos and Don’ts of Maniacal Laughter: Part 1″.)

As any successful mad scientist will tell you, energy ain’t free. Popular culture tends to forget this, instead focusing on the destructive capabilities of our finely crafted death rays without noting the massive energy expenditures required to use them. To conserve ergs, the efficient mad scientist knows the vaporization energies of his or her targets, as they may be deceptive. For example, did you know it takes more energy to vaporize a person than it does to accelerate a kilogram to Earth’s escape velocity? Set your phasers to “fun”, because in this chapter of The Mad Scientist’s Handbook you will learn just how many Joules it takes to turn your enemies (or interns) into atomic mist.

Since the 1950s, mad scientists the world over have argued what true “vaporization” means. Does it mean the energy required to break all the chemical bonds in a substance? Or does it mean the energy required to turn a solid substance into a gaseous one, like water into steam? In either case, the target would be well and truly destroyed, but as we will see, the finer points matter.

First, consider the true vaporization–the complete separation of all atoms within a molecule–of  water. With a simple molecular structure containing an oxygen atom bonded to two hydrogen atoms, it takes serious energy to break these bonds. In fact, it takes 460 kilojoules of energy to break just one mole of oxygen-hydrogen bonds—around the same energy that a 2,000-pound car going 70 miles per hour on the highway has in potential. And that’s just 18 grams of water! So as you can see, it would take a gargantuan amount of energy to separate all the atoms in even a small glass of water…especially if that glass of water is your analog for a person.

The human body is a bit more complicated than a glass of water, but it still vaporizes like one. And thanks to our spies spread across scientific organizations, we now have the energy required to turn a human into an atomic soup, to break all the atomic bonds in a body. According to the captured study, it takes around three gigajoulesof death-ray to entirely vaporize a person—enough to completely melt 5,000 pounds of steel or simulate a lightning bolt.  ZAP!

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