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Physicists Design $100 Handheld Cosmic Ray Muon Detector

11/22/2017 6:39 PM

"Physicists have designed a pocket-sized cosmic ray muon detector to track these ghostly particles. The detector can be made with common electrical parts, and when turned on, it lights up and counts each time a muon passes through. The relatively simple device costs just $100 to build, making it the most affordable muon detector available today."

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171120174502.htm

If you want to build one for yourself:

http://www.cosmicwatch.lns.mit.edu/detector#steps

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Re: Physicists design $100 handheld cosmic ray muon detector

11/22/2017 7:13 PM

This looks like a prefect subject for Useless Gadgets.

The later "useless gadget" thread was closed due to useless responses.

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Re: Physicists design $100 handheld cosmic ray muon detector

11/22/2017 8:05 PM

And exactly why would I want to detect muons? but

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Re: Physicists design $100 handheld cosmic ray muon detector

11/22/2017 9:19 PM

Perhaps we don't have a use for it except as a desktop conversation piece, but some people do:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muon_tomography

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Re: Physicists design $100 handheld cosmic ray muon detector

11/22/2017 11:28 PM

This is my desktop conversation piece. I've had it since they first came out. I have a personal connection to it. It still works.

OK, so I'm a dinosaur.

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Re: Physicists design $100 handheld cosmic ray muon detector

11/22/2017 10:09 PM

Useless? It's a reminder.

Muon. Take a drink.

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Re: Physicists Design $100 Handheld Cosmic Ray Muon Detector

11/23/2017 11:12 PM

Pulled these images from the site. Looks expensive to build & it looks like you need some expensive equipment to build it.

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