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Electronic Imaging & Signal Processing

Sticky tape gives off x rays

Scientists have known for years that peeling up a strip of sticky tape can set off some subatomic fireworks. But in the current issue of the journal Nature, UCLA researchers prove that the X-rays released are both powerful and plentiful.

"There are a lot of X-rays," says Juan Escobar, a Ph.D. candidate in physics at UCLA. "There are enough that you can actually take a picture of your finger - an X-ray picture of your finger. It's very exciting. It's actually a little bit scary."

Full story and photos from National Public Radio.