A to Z Challenge, Day 24: X Is For X-Ray

The development of X-Ray technology meant that we could look inside things.  This revolutionized all sorts of things, from medicine to astronomy.

But I’m not going to talk about X-Rays in specific; I’m going to talk about the Scanning Electron Microscope!

While the SEM doesn’t use X-Rays to see stuff, it actually uses electrons to bombard an object and then take a picture, it’s a tool that allows us to see the surface of really small stuff – which is almost as cool as seeing inside stuff!

Pumping Station: One has the only working SEM in the country, that we’re aware of, that members of the public can see and that members of Pumping Station: One can be trained to use – and just for the price of a membership, which is only $40 or $70 a month depending on the level of membership you select.

Curious?  Check out more at our website, here.

What tool would you love to play with, that’s usually at big fancy institutions or in another part of the world from you right now?

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