This app will turn your smartphone into a cosmic ray detector

October 3, 2014 5:36 PM

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A team of researchers created an app that brings high-tech radioactive particle detection to your smartphone. Using the Android app, users will be able to capture the particles of light that are created when cosmic rays enter Earth's atmosphere.

Cosmic rays are radioactive particles that scientists believe come from supernovas. The app detects and analyzes electric charges that are caused when particles of light called photons hit the silicon chips found in smartphone cameras.

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