Wednesday, October 22, 2008

From the Dept. of MacGyver Party Tricks:
X-ray your own hand with Scotch tape!

Via Kristine Smith, a link to this fun story:
NEW YORK – 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 says.

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

8 comments:

annathepiper said...

As a devout fan of the show from the 80's all throughout my teener years, I must say, mad love for spelling MacGyver correctly. <3

Also, x-ray tape for the win!

Catherine Haines said...

Let's just hope MacGuyver knows how to create a vacuum out of nothing.

Cathy in AK said...

Note to self: Wear lead apron when wrapping holiday gifts in a vacuum.

Thanks for the timely article.

dbassingthwaite said...

In air, peeling the tape off just generates a static glow (works best in the dark obviously and with the "invisible" matte tape rather than the clear shiny stuff).

I can't remember the mechanics, but I learned it at the same time as thetrick with cracking wintergreen lifesavers to make sparks. Happy days...

Adam Lipkin said...

Finally, scientists are spending time finding out the really important stuff!

Jill of All Trades said...

Uh wow.

Jeff said...

One day we will all be powering our cars with duct tape and onions in Gatorade.

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

Sure, I'll try it out in my vacuum chamber in my kitchen...

I can't help thinking of McGruber on SNL.