Wednesday, October 22, 2008

X-Rays from Scotch Tape 

Scientists have discovered that peeling ordinary Scotch (tm) tape off a roll in a vacuum produces x-rays, according to this story.

Peeling the tape in air doesn't produce x-rays, the phenomenon only occurs in a vacuum.

This is cool, because it could lead to the capability of taking x-rays in environments where electricity is not available, such as remote villages in undeveloped countries, or in combat.

But here in California, some regulator will probably try to get Scotch tape banned because of the (nonexistent) radiation hazard.

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