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Physics Spinoffs

Many of the products we surround ourselves with in everyday life, and take for granted, actually began as scientific studies and experiments before they ended as products for ordinary people. On this page we describe some of them.

11 June 2010

PET-scannerPET-scanner
In 1928, Paul Dirac predicted the existence of antimatter, which 45 years later is used to perform advanced brain scans.

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11 June 2010

TransistorTHE TRANSISTOR
A single computer chip may contain several million transistors, each of which controls a small electrical signal in the computer.

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10 June 2010

World Wide WebWorld Wide Web
The idea for a powerful beam of light, which you could direct towards very precise targets, was fascinating to physicists.

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08 June 2010

LaserLASER
The idea for a powerful beam of light, which you could direct towards very precise targets, was fascinating to physicists.

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07 June 2010

GPS: Global Positioning SystemGPS: Global Positioning System
When the American military developed the GPS system, they had to take into account the effects of the theory of relativity.

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