Small, cheap gravity gadget to peer underground

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    UK researchers have built a small device that measures tiny fluctuations in gravity, and could be used to monitor volcanoes or search for oil. Such gravimeters already exist but compared to this postage stamp-sized gadget, they are bulky and pricy. The new design is based on the little accelerometers found in smartphones.
    Fleets of these devices could eventually be scattered around volcanoes or mounted on drones to conduct subterranean surveys or they could even help civil engineers locate pipes under roads to save them digging in the wrong places.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35926147
     
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