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How Dangerous Is Liquid Nitrogen?

Posted on the 10 October 2012 by Gerard @presurfer
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A British teenager has had emergency surgery to remove her stomach after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen is used for a variety of things, such as a coolant for computers, in medicine to remove unwanted skin, warts and pre-cancerous cells, and in cryogenics, where scientists study the effect of very cold temperatures on materials.
It has also become increasingly common at top restaurants as a method for instantly freezing food and drinks, or creating an impressive cloud of vapour or fog when exposed to air.
How dangerous is liquid nitrogen?

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