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Could solar flares be triggering birth defects?

It’s known that airplane crews at high altitude are exposed to potentially harmful levels of radiation from cosmic rays, but could these cosmic rays pose hazards even at sea level? A new study into these potential terrestrial effects has just been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Study co-author Adrian Melott, professor of physics […]

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Neutron Source Fires Up




After years of eagerly anticipating its completion, scientists have finally witnessed the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) in action at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In a test conducted in the early hours of April 28, a pulse of protons successfully “spalled” neutrons from the nuclei of mercury. Researchers […]




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