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Double Magic for New Nickel Nucleus

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Science  18 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5456, pp. 1184
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5456.1184a

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In what you might call a smashing success, physicists have chiseled out an atomic nucleus laden with a record eight more protons than neutrons. The new nucleus, nickel-48, self-destructs in a fraction of a second, but it may help researchers study a form of radioactive decay that they have long sought but not yet observed.