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Tests Show Moon Not Quite as Strange as Some Physicists Had Hoped

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Science  11 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5946, pp. 1327
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1327a

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Summary

The moon isn't made of green cheese and almost certainly doesn't harbor hypothetical particles called "strangelets," an analysis of lunar soil has shown. The result undermines a possible strangelet sighting a decade ago and strengthens the case that the bizarre particles, which protesters once feared might emerge from an atom smasher and consume Earth, don't exist.