The operation of the phone microwave in Steins;Gate is confusing me. I finished episode 9, and I don't fully understand how it works; except that it allows texts to be sent in the past, 1 second on timer = 1 hour in reality, and that messages can only be sent during 12pm-6pm.
Can someone explain the rest of the microwaves' operation?
1) the bananas turning green, and why the first green batch wouldn't transport?
2) why did Mayuri's chicken tenders burn? can food be cooked like normal, or is their microwave permanently modified?
3) why a phone is hooked up to the microwave, what is the significance in connecting it, and why is it no longer needed in future episodes?
4) in reference to question 3, what type of connection was the phone connected by? USB?
5) why does the timer always seem to be set to 120?
6) what do the orange numerals above the timer numerals mean?
7) how is data sent? how are objects sent?
8) what is the cause of the electrical discharge? and why does it appear at different intervals?
9) is there significance behind the rotation of the microwave table? does clockwise move time forward, and vice versa?
10) how is a modern day text message able to be routed to a 90s pager?
11) what is the large flat radio device sitting on top of the microwave, and what is its purpose?
12) what the heck is a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube)? the landlord wears clothing with CRT related phrases on them