Remotely controlled experiments
This is a neutron diffractometer that's also used by students studying the physics of subatomic particles. The machine can adjust the elevation of the neutron beam coming from the core to observe different energy levels, for example.
This one machine is significant in that it's part of a Microsoft-sponsored project called iLab, where expensive lab equipment can be remotely operated. Control of the neutron beam itself, of course, is done on site.
February 11, 2011 4:00 AM PST
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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