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"This is a predictive tool I've used: There are goals we've sought for ten thousand years, and we'll go on seeking them. Instant transport and travel, immortality (or at least longevity and miracle cures.), instant learning …"
- Larry Niven

Zed-Ray  
  A penetrating beam that would disclose the details inside of a closed object.  

Wouldn't it be great to "shine a light" into an enclosed space, and see everything inside without opening it?

Then a penetrating, revealing Zed-ray, which would disclose the interior of the dome-buildings.
From Blood of the Moon, by Ray Cummings.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1936
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Compare to the eavesdropping ray from Brigands of the Moon (1930) by Ray Cummings and the subphoton search ray from The Shining One (1937) by Nat Schachner. See also this real-life device in LEXID Sees Through Walls To Next Apartment.

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