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Science  18 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5593, pp. 514-515
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5593.514

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Researchers report on page 587 of this issue that they have developed a drill that uses microwave energy to excavate solids. The new microwave-powered drill suffers from none of the problems that plague mechanical drills. It is silent, steady, and dust-free, and the bits almost never wear out.