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Electronic Imaging & Signal Processing

Seeing the light: imaging inside fossils

Paleontologists can now look inside fossils without damaging them using synchrotrons, which produce x rays so powerful that they may select single wavelengths. As a result, scientists can create incredibly accurate three-dimensional computer representations of fossils found in stone or amber. This process has revolutionized the field of paleontology by allowing scientists to trade data, which had been impossible because of the rarity of the physical specimens they previously studied.

Full story from The Economist.