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Scotch Tape Produces X Rays

  1. Oct 23, 2008 #1
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/science/28xray.html?ref=science

    I don't know why but I found this to be amusing. It sounds like something from the Onion, or our own Turnip...hey whatever happened to the Turnip thread.
     
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  3. Oct 24, 2008 #2

    JasonRox

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    Explains why I can see through my finger when I use scotch tape instead of a bandaid.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2008 #3
    Would a duck tape emit xrays too?
     
  5. Oct 24, 2008 #4

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    So now I need to wear a radiation badge to monitor my exposure when I wrap Christmas presents this year?

    Maybe it will be safer to make it an Elmer's Holiday.
     
  6. Oct 24, 2008 #5

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    Duct tape certainly emits light. That and masking tape both can be seen in the dark.

    I'm not so sure that duct tape will be that useful for unleashing nuclear fusion reactions though.

    But I wonder if the the CIA needs to be alerted to any possible stockpiling of adhesive products by Iran?
     
  7. Oct 24, 2008 #6

    LowlyPion

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    A bank robber goes in a bank and holds a tape dispenser over his head
    and yells "OK. Give me the money. This is a stick up."?
     
  8. Oct 24, 2008 #7

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    <groan>
     
  9. Oct 24, 2008 #8
    Ahahahah@ this whole thread.
     
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  11. Oct 24, 2008 #10

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    Is it just me, or has this been known for a long time that ripping tape off something can generate light?

    I guess this must have been the first time it was rigorously studied.
     
  12. Oct 24, 2008 #11

    Redbelly98

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    Light is one thing, but x-rays are the real surprise here.
     
  13. Oct 24, 2008 #12

    Evo

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    AAARRRGGHHHH!!! What happened to you??? :eek:
     
  14. Oct 24, 2008 #13

    Redbelly98

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    It's just a costume! Don't worry.

    Ha ha ha, did I scare you or what? :biggrin:
     
  15. Oct 24, 2008 #14

    Evo

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    :rofl: Whew, for a moment I was afraid something dreadful had happened. :eek:
     
  16. Oct 24, 2008 #15
    From the article, it appears the Russians beat us to it.

     
  17. Oct 24, 2008 #16

    Redbelly98

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    I'm 99% sure this Seth Putterman is the same guy who studied sonoluminescence in the early/mid 1990's, and became rather well known for that.
     
  18. Oct 24, 2008 #17

    Evo

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    What about the sparks I see at night when I touch my hand on my blanket?
     
  19. Oct 24, 2008 #18

    Redbelly98

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    Good question, I'm wondering myself about that or any static electric shock.
     
  20. Oct 24, 2008 #19
    Wow, some people have way too much time on their hands to waste. How much money was wasted on this too?
     
  21. Oct 24, 2008 #20

    LowlyPion

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    Maybe put some fresh x-ray film under your mattress and see what develops?
     
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