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Microprobe analyzes volcanic materials, displays potential for broader applications


An especially powerful tool, an electron microprobe, helps scientists at the University of Iowa analyze rocks and minerals from volcanoes in Auckland, New Zealand, in the hope of mitigating future hazards. This same technology has the ability to analyze human tissue for hazardous elements, potentially leading to medical applications.

Original air date: October 3, 2018

Credit: National Science Foundation

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