Researchers have identified 3,000 radioactive isotopes – and predict 4,000 more are out there.
Alongside their famous dangers, radioactive materials have many beneficial uses. With as many more predicted as have already been discovered, nuclear physicists are searching for more isotopes.
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Neutrons can penetrate through matter, which means they can be harnessed for all sorts of important work.
New heavy nuclei are constantly generated in stars and other astronomical bodies.
People long assumed all the elements we see now were created during the Big Bang. But on May 2, 1952, an astronomer reported spotting new elements coming from an old star and changed our origin story.
For the first time, human beings harnessed the power of atomic fission.
By figuring out fission, physicists were able to split uranium atoms and release massive amounts of energy. This Manhattan Project work paved the way both for atomic bombs and nuclear power reactors.
Scientists have finally been able to prove that thunder and lightning drive nuclear reactions.
The sky is the limit for African science when universities work together.
Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters
Collaboration is one of the keys to making African science soar: when the continent's universities work together, they can produce amazing results.
Straw-necked ibis gather to breed.
Bird feathers can tell us a lot about their owners and the places they visit.
It's not just about weapons, nuclear science has changed practically everything around us – for the better.
‘Nope, definitely not a Caravaggio.’
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
The identification of fakes and forgeries is a basic issue that has always raised controversy. This is unsurprising, of course – the enormous sums garnered by top paintings would turn to dust as soon as…
True fusion will be way more impressive than this.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Researchers in the US have overcome a key barrier to making nuclear fusion reactors a reality. In results published in Nature…