Recently a group of researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles announced what has been described by the New York Times as a "tour de force of office supply physics." The scientists measured X-ray flashes from a roll of Scotch tape as it was unpeeled.

Scotch tape experiment
Watch the full video at Nature

You might wonder if this is relevant to X-ray astronomy, or then again you might not. But we did. After all, Galileo's observation of a chandelier set in motion by an earthquake and Newton's immortal apple led to insights that transformed the understanding of the cosmos.

Read the Chandra Chronicles: http://chandra.harvard.edu/chronicle/0408/scotch/


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Step Forward?

I was not able to view the video because of a problem with my computer, but it seems to be a very promising step forward in the search of the ultimate question. If you are able to view x ray flashes from scotch tape being unraveled, how much more of a powerful device would be needed to examine objects in distant solar systems?

Thanks for the post.


Galileo's observation of a

Galileo's observation of a chandelier set in motion by an earthquake and Newton's immortal apple led to insights that transformed the understanding of the cosmos. It is great scientific fact.


The Mysteries of Cosmos

The mysteries of cosmos has always been revealed incidentally be it by Galileo or Newton's finding or Einstein's great findings about the Astrophysics. Perhaps it would proved a new opening in the world of space sciences.


Simply amazing, an x-ray

Simply amazing, an x-ray machine costs thousands of dollars and this guys are getting similar results with a simple tape.
It's unbelievable.


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