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Biotechnology

Using elementary particles to peer inside the pyramids

Tiny particles used to map the inside of the pyramids, volcanoes and nuclear reactors

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The muon radiography imaging technology used to map the Great Pyramid of Khufu has found new applications in the study of volcanoes and nuclear waste management.   © Kyodo

TOKYO The riddle of what lies inside the pyramids has fascinated Egyptologists for centuries, yet the risk of damage and the complexity of excavating these ancient structures has meant we still only have a limited understanding of what is hidden at their core.

Now, intriguingly, elementary cosmic particles that hurtle through space may just provide scientists with a noninvasive way of peering inside these monolithic feats of engineering, in much the same way as X-rays are used to see inside the body.

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