Time to get cracking (IMAGE) DOE/Sandia National Laboratories Caption Steve Bauer, a retired Sandia National Laboratories geoscientist, is preparing his sensitive mass spectrometer to detect the gases released by crushing a piece of granite. Recently he detected noble gases released by a test explosion underground. Someday this research might improve the prediction of earthquakes or detection of underground explosions. Credit Photo by Craig Fritz/Sandia National Laboratories Usage Restrictions Non-commercial and media use with credit License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.