Thursday, December 9, 2010

Geek post of today - Scotch tape displays fractals!

Taken from Wikipedia (the most accurate source for information on the internet):

fractal is "a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole"

When a piece of clear cellophane tape (commonly known as "Scotch tape" - take that trademarks) is peeled, it produces X-rays strong enough to image a human finger bone! Building on the initial study from 2008, scientists have found that when peeling the tape off of different surfaces produces a fractal pattern.

From the article:
The findings may lead to a better understanding of the processes involved in peeling, the origin of the X-ray emission, and in the design of better tape that can be reused repeatedly.

I'm learning!

...and just for shiz and giggles, I chose Geek because I try to not to have "Social Ineptitude"

Sources ->
Fractals Wiki ->
Venn Source ->

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