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Neutron research

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Heather Chen-Mayer loading a jade artifact into a neutron detector

How Neutrons and Gamma Rays Can Reveal Our Cultural Heritage

Most people think that understanding and preserving our cultural heritage is mainly the concern of the social sciences and humanities, such as archaeology and art history. But physical sciences, including physics and chemistry, often play a large role as well. Determining the elemental composition, or signature, of archaeological finds or objects in museum collections can provide insight into
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Groundbreaking Technique Yields Important New Details on Silicon, Subatomic Particles and Possible ‘Fifth Force’

A schematic of a crystal shows electrons flowing diagonally across it and affecting a line of neodymium atoms.

Scientists Discover Crystal Exhibiting Exotic Spiral Magnetism

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Neutrons Help Measure Cell Membrane Viscosity — and Reveal Its Basis

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