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  1. Join Date
    Oct 2002
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    [SIZE="6"]Ripped Scotch Tape Emits X-Rays[/SIZE]
    Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

    Oct. 22, 2008 -- Just two weeks after a Nobel Prize highlighted theoretical work on subatomic particles, physicists are announcing a startling discovery about a much more familiar form of matter: Scotch tape.

    It turns out that if you peel the popular adhesive tape off its roll in a vacuum chamber, it emits X-rays. The researchers even made an X-ray image of one of their fingers.

    Who knew? Actually, more than 50 years ago, some Russian scientists reported evidence of X-rays from peeling sticky tape off glass. But the new work demonstrates that you can get a lot of X-rays, a study co-author said.

    "We were very surprised," said Juan Escobar. "The power you could get from just peeling tape was enormous."

    Escobar, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, reports the work with UCLA colleagues in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

  2. Join Date
    Oct 2008
    good thing it only emits X-rays on a vacuum chamber, i almost thought that ripping Scoth tape anywhere will emit X-ray

Ripped Scotch Tape Emits X-Rays