The X-Ray wonder from a Scotch tape

Occupied in a busy schedule of my current Surgery posting, not having much time in keeping updated with daily dose of Tech and science news, An article sparked keen interest as I was shuffling through the The Star newspaper (a malaysian publication) in the Library. I was ecstatic to know about this fact, and already started thinking about the different innovations that can arise from this little interesting discovery that still lies unexplainable.

Following are some Highlights from some articles I read online:

  • If you peel the popular adhesive tape off its roll in a vacuum chamber, it emits X-rays.
  • A machine peeled ordinary Scotch tape off a roll in a vacuum chamber at about 1.2 inches (3cm) per second.
  • Rapid pulses of x-rays, each about a billionth of a second long, emerged from very close to where the tape was coming off the roll.
  • Researchers even made an x-ray image of one of their fingers.
  • With some refinements, the process might be harnessed for making inexpensive x-ray machines for paramedics or for places where electricity is expensive or hard to get.
  • Actually,  more than 50 years ago, some Russian scientists reported evidence of X-rays from peeling sticky tape off glass.

Tape measure: X-rays detected from Scotch tape (original article from AP)

~ by Dr.Zhivago on October 23, 2008.

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