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A weird type of zirconium soaks up neutrons like a sponge

Posted in particle physics

When radiochemist Jennifer Shusterman and her colleagues got the first results of their experiment, no one expected what they saw: Atoms of a weird version of the element #zirconium had enthusiastically absorbed neutrons.

Zirconium-88 captures neutrons with extreme efficiency, and scientists don’t yet know why.

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