Category: Physics

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Potassium nucleus loses some of its magic

A new study at ISOLDE finds no signature of a “magic” number of neutrons in potassium-51, challenging the proposed magic nature of nuclei with 32 neutrons. The magic seems to be ebbing away from some atomic nuclei....

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A speed limit also applies in the quantum world

Even in the world of the smallest particles with their own special rules, things cannot proceed infinitely fast. Physicists at the University of Bonn have now shown what the speed limit is for complex...

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Einstein@Home reveals true identity of mysterious gamma-ray source

Gamma-ray – Artist’s impression of PSR J2039−5617 and its companion. The binary system consists of a rapidly rotating neutron. An international research team including members from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein...