Curies and curiouser.
With its strange bluish glow and cancer-killing qualities, meet the wundermetal that became one of the great cautionary tales of modern times.
An artist’s impression of the strong magnetic field neutron star in Swift J0243.6+6124 launching a jet.
ICRAR/University of Amsterdam
Astronomers found something not predicted by current theory when they took a closer look at the emissions from a neutron star with a very strong magnetic field.
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks about the creation of a United States Space Force on Aug. 9, 2018 at the Pentagon.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Could Canadian technology play a part in the newly announced U.S. Space Force? A team at McMaster University has developed an instrument that could keep Space Force troops safe from radiation.
Finger mounted flexible detector.
An X-ray sensitive ink means future detectors could be printable, portable and flexible.
Teeth and bones can tell something about age – but not someone’s birthday.
Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences
If an undocumented migrant is a minor or an adult can have far-reaching implications. A forensic anthropologist explains why relying solely on dental X-rays to determine age doesn't work.
Top-down artist depiction of a tiny black hole and a pileup of gas and matter swirling toward the center.
The little-known Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer spacecraft was like a Geiger counter for the universe, listening to black holes and zombie stars.
The Milky Way seen in infrared.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech)
There could be thousands of black holes at the heart of the Milky Way.
X-ray vision is not only possible, it already exists – but using computers, not eyes.
Marcella Cheng/The Conversation
Human eyes don't have x-ray vision. But we can use radiography machines to allow our eyes to see inside things the human eye cannot.
X-rays are like light rays, but they can pass through more stuff.
Marcella Cheng/The Conversation
X-rays are like light rays, but they can pass through more stuff. Some of the x-ray's energy is blocked by bone, which is why you can see bones so clearly on x-ray scans.
Radiotherapy treats cancer by directing beams of high energy x-rays at the tumour.
Getting the right amount of radiation is a fine balance between therapy and harm. A common way to improve the benefit-to-cure ratio is to fire multiple beams at the tumour from different directions.
Doctors know most scans for low back pain are useless, but they have trouble convincing patients.
Reducing health-care waste relating to unnecessary tests has been a major priority for researchers, governments and health services for decades. But how do we change the behaviour of doctors?
Pocket your phone without worry.
Phone image via www.shutterstock.com.
Did your holiday gift list include radiation-shielding undies to protect your privates from cellphone radio waves? A radiation expert explains they're unnecessary – your phone won't affect your fertility.
The earliest hominin cancer.
Patrick Randolph-Quinney (University of Central Lancashire/University of the Witwatersrand)
Cancer is not the modern disease many believe it to be. New fossil evidence from two South African caves suggests that its origins lie deep in prehistory.
CT scans deliver a hefty dose of ionising radiation. But the benefits outweigh the risks – most of the time.
The computer does more of the work than you might think.
CT computer and scan room image via shutterstock.com
Pairing more powerful computers with increasingly sensitive scanners can yield many benefits in medicine and other fields.
The relentless pursuit of showy flowers for garden display – as seen at Chelsea Flower Show – has seen some odd uses of radiation and chemicals .
Windy black hole.
It was a rare and brief event, but powerful telescopes helped scientists get a glimpse of a black hole letting out a wind at 3,000km per second.
Artist’s illustration of Hitomi.
JAXA, Akihiro Ikeshita
Astronomers were looking forward to the first high-res X-ray spectra from space, and all they would tell us about the cosmos. But unknown disaster seems to have befallen the Japanese satellite.
We find them at the beach, in every sound and light show, the miracle of wi-fi and now in the fabric of space-time itself. But what exactly is a wave?
An artist’s impression of the ASTRO-H telescope.
The universe looks very different with X-ray vision, revealing some of the most energetic interactions in our galaxy. Japan's new Hitomi telescope will help us see these wonders.