Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Experiment shows peeling Scotch Tape can create X-rays

Scientists peeling scotch tape in a vacuum detected X-rays being released, “enough to take an X-ray of a finger,” reports the NY Times.

In 1939, an experiment showed peeling tape “emits visible light” (jump in a closet and check it out). But X-rays are a lot more powerful, about 10,000-times so.

What does this have to do with anything? Pound360 isn’t sure. It’s pretty cool, for one. But according to the Times, somehow, “the tape phenomenon could also lead to simple medical devices using bursts of electrons to destroy tumors.”

(The image in this post is an X-ray shot taken by
Wilhelm Rontgen, the “father of diagnostic radiology” more than 100 years ago.)


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