Obama to test Archimedes legend

2010-10-19 07:21

Washington – US President Barack Obama will venture onto the reality show Mythbusters next month to test the legend of the fabled solar ray weapon invented by ancient Greek scientist Archimedes.

Obama will take part in the show as part of his bid to promote science education.

He will challenge the hosts of Mythbusters to examine whether Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet during the Siege of Syracuse using only mirrors and reflected rays of the sun.

The myth has been debunked before on the show, but the producers say fans are constantly asking hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to test the legend again under different conditions.

The show will be broadcast in the United States on December 8.

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