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The discovery that silicon would explode ("Detonating silicon wafers can ID elements," SN: 1/19/02, p. 36) is not news to me. I made a serendipitous discovery over 20 years ago as a computer hobbyist. I discovered that silicon would explode when I accidentally injected 15,000 volts into some integrated circuits designed for 5 volts. Fortunately, the detonations were small and no damage was done to anything except the circuit board. It was toast.

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Author:Swank, Joel H.
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 9, 2002
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