Thursday, October 23, 2008

Scotch Tape X-Rays

The spooky picture at right is an x-ray of a finger made with scotch tape. Scientists have found that when you peel scotch tape from a roll, x-rays are emitted. In fact they were able to make take an x-ray of one of their fingers by peeling scotch tape.

It only happens in a vacuum though, so don't go throwing your tape away.
You can read more about it here.
Scientists are thinking about how they might use this knowledge to make low-tech x-ray machines in impoverished areas.

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