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Weak nuclear force is less weak

The force that governs some of the reactions that keep our sun shining is not quite as weak as scientists had previously thought. As a consequence, our estimation of how energetic the sun actually is just ...

Jan 13, 2011 4.7 / 5 (22) 58 | with audio podcast

New type of nuclear fission discovered

(PhysOrg.com) -- Nuclear fission, or the splitting of a heavy nucleus, usually results in symmetrical fragments of the same mass. Physicists attribute the few known examples of fission that is asymmetric to ...

Dec 06, 2010 4.7 / 5 (52) 79 | with audio podcast report

The promise of ion beam cancer therapy

For certain kinds of cancer, the most effective therapy does not use x-rays or gamma rays but beams of ions, the electrically charged cores of atoms, including hydrogen ions (protons) and heavier ions such ...

Oct 19, 2010 4.3 / 5 (4) 0