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Every time someone in this household finishes a carton of milk and leaves it on the counter with its cap on, it reminds me of how heat engines work. In the fridge, the carton is at 42 degrees Fahrenheit, but on the counter, after it has warmed up, it’s at 68 degrees, a rise of 26 degrees. And here’s the point: If the cap is on, the sides of the carton are bulging from the heat expansion of the air inside it. I unscrew the cap and hear the of that air rushing out. If that pressure pushed a piston or spun

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