New Research In Ohio Labs Brings Star Trek Technology To Life

Story excerpt provided by WOSU News.

Written by Jeff St. Clair.

Ohio is emerging as a global center of research in a branch of physics that’s stymied scientists for decades. It’s called Terahertz radiation, a band of light waves with potential uses that range from detecting cancer to uncovering art forgeries.

For those familiar with the original Star Trek series, they would remember the tricorder. Spock or McCoy could point the tricorder at anything, and instantly know its chemical makeup, see hidden objects, or diagnose diseases. A replica tricorder sits in the office of Teraphysics founder and president Jerry Mearini. As a fan of all things retro, and a physicist and entrepreneur, Mearini was inspired by the tricorder’s pretend powers.

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