October 22nd, 2008

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X-Ray Scotch Tape

Long time reader, first time poster. And I'm surprised no one's posted this one yet:

Tape measure: X-rays detected from Scotch tape

NEW YORK (AP) -- Just two weeks after a Nobel Prize highlighted theoretical work on subatomic particles, physicists are announcing a startling discovery about a much more familiar form of matter: Scotch tape. It turns out that if you peel the popular adhesive tape off its roll in a vacuum chamber, it emits X-rays. The researchers even made an X-ray image of one of their fingers.

Clicky for the rest of the article.

Come to Australia., go for a walkabout, see the magnificent wildlife (crossposted)

Ninemsn appears to be providing me with lots of entertainment today...I really should be working though :-P

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Edit: I love how in the last picture there is what appears to be an avery in the background. I'm sure the spider could fit through the wire if it really wanted to.
  • vitch36

Saw this today...Most beautiful bug I've ever seen!

Was at work ( In Northern Florida ) and saw this little guy crawling around. Came home and researched WTF it was! (Other than GORGEOUS)

Here's what I found...

Syntomeida epilais Walker)
The adult stage of the oleander caterpillar is sometimes called the "polka-dot wasp moth." Wasp moth is the common name given to the subfamily of arctiid moths to which this species belongs (the ctenuchines) because of their resemblance to wasps such as the sphecids and pompilids. The moth's body and wings are a beautiful iridescent blue/green. Small white dots are found on the body, wings, legs and antennae, and the tip of the abdomen is red/orange. Male and female moths are quite similar in appearance, and have a wing span of 45 to 51 mm. These moths are slow-flying and active during daylight hours which contrasts them with other moth species which are usually nocturnal.

Now we have SOME bugs down here....but this guy is welcome ANY time.

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