Not many people remember that Franklin was an inventor . . . and a good one, too! He also did some pioneering work in physics.
Zap... zap... zap... No, Ben Franklin was not struck by lightning.
Photocopying machines are fairly complicated devices, but the basic principal is pretty simple.
Here's another science experiment you can do at home. It's fun, it's easy, and it involves one of a kid's favorite things: soap bubbles!
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What Ben actually did in his famous 1752 experiment was to cause some excess electrical charge near a storm cloud to ground out through his kite string–still an impressive demonstration, but a much less powerful prospect than an actual lightning strike.
Besides preventing the microwaves from reaching and heating up the food it conceals, aluminum foil tends to give off sparks that might start a fire.