Bologna Is a Weirdly Important Part of Designing Antennas

Shaunacy Ferro
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Bologna, the least respected meat in the deli aisle, is spectacular in one way that has nothing to do with sandwiches. It happens to be a pretty decent analog for human flesh, at least where antennas are concerned. According to The Verge, antenna designers use bologna to figure out how antennas perform when close to a human body—say, in a cell phone. 

As an antenna-testing human analog, cheap deli meat is better than something fancy, like a fine pancetta. Spencer Webb, the AntennaSys designer who spoke with The Verge, says that it doesn’t even have to be fresh. Bologna is consistent and lasts a long time without changing at all, so expired bologna works as well as the fresh stuff. 

Meat that seems better suited to the inside of a Lunchable than a tech lab is actually much more useful than testing equipment with people, since bologna is really, really good at staying still for long periods of time. Unlike most humans. So, long live bologna.

[h/t The Verge]

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