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Furtive Glances Trigger Radioactive Decay

Science  02 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5471, pp. 1564
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5471.1564a

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Common sense says you can't keep an atom's nucleus from decaying simply by looking at it. Quantum mechanics says you can. Now two Israeli physicists have come up with a way in which watching a nucleus might make it decay faster.