X-ray gun gives drillers better shot at finding oil

begAUSTIN – Harry Rowe has a ray gun. It’s small and gray and might, he thinks, change how companies dig for oil.

Rowe is a research scientist at the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology. For years, he’s been trying to figure out how to speed the analysis of core samples – cylinders of rock that well drillers bore out of the ground with hopes of finding clues to the potential oil below.


The Houston Chronicle, Sept.2, 2016


Harry Rowe, Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology