Scientists Invent Device Allowing Them to 'See' Kilometers Into Earth


EXCERPT: Scientists from three major Russian research institutes have made an important breakthrough in the field of muon tomography, creating tracking devices which allow geologists to 'see through' objects up to thousands of meters in diameter below the earth's surface. [...] The new technology has other uses as well, Professor Polukhina said. "It is possible to non-invasively appraise a volcano's vent, the reactor of a nuclear power plant, or a mountain glacier. [The technology can be used] to find new underground sources of natural gas, to catch a fire rising in a mountain used for coal mining long before it burns out from the inside, to predict the eruption of a volcano, or prevent the disastrous consequences of sinkholes in mines or city streets," the scientist noted....


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