Scotch Tape X-Ray Is Almost DIY

Researchers at UCLA have constructed a machine that takes X-ray images using a roll of Scotch tape. When pulled apart, tape generates electromagnetic waves through simple friction. The researchers discovered in a vacuum, sticky tape also sends out strong enough X-rays to image your finger.

Pretty neat, considering getting your hands on some Scotch tape isn’t too hard. Imagine if giving yourself an X-ray were as easy as purchasing Scotch tape. It’d be X-rays for everyone! Unfortunately, it only works in a vacuum which crushes any hopes we have of DIYing our own X-rays. What a drag.

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