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Comment: Re:Could Someone Please Explain This? (Score 2, Informative) 134

by YuriGherkin (#14277511) Attached to: Radiation Robot Makes Troops Safer
Gamma rays and X-Rays are basically the same thing - ionizing electromagnetic radiation. Electromagnetic radiation can induce currents in a piece of metal that is moved through its field and these unwanted currents can play havoc with the circuits inside a microchip, perhaps even overloading and burning them out. The gamma rays could also alter the bits in the memory chips so the software running the robot could crash.

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