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Biotechnology

Machines that can 'X-ray' a volcano to get more affordable

TOKYO -- A cutting-edge imaging technique used to see inside objects from buildings to volcanoes may become more accessible and affordable, thanks to a major innovation by Japanese and Hungarian researchers. 

The researchers have found that using gas detectors can sharply reduce the size and cost of equipment used in muography -- a form of radiography that uses subatomic particles called muons to view the internal structures of opaque objects. They believe the innovation will lead to a wide range of commercial applications, such as monitoring the internal conditions of buildings.

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