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Nuclei Crash Through The Looking-Glass

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Science  09 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5506, pp. 962
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5506.962a

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For the first time, physicists have discovered that atomic nuclei come in right- and left-handed models. In the 5 February issue of Physical Review Letters, a team of researchers reports observations of rapidly spinning nuclei morphing into mirror-image forms. In the process, the physicists also uncovered solid evidence that a long-disputed feature of nuclear anatomy really does exist.