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.
- 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)