Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sticky Situation

Scientists have discovered that if you peel Scotch tape off its roll in a vacuum chamber, it emits x-rays. One researcher was actually able to produce an x-ray image of his finger using this method.

Apparently the x-rays are produced as electrons jump from one surface to another at the very point where the tape is separating from the roll. The scientists are quick to add that this only works in a vacuum; the presence of air prevents the x-rays from ever occurring.

In response to the news, the Bush administration has launched an international effort to prevent Iran from developing Scotch tape.

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