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A Puzzle Lies at the Heart of the Atom

Two precision experiments disagree on how long neutrons live before decaying. Does the discrepancy reflect measurement errors or point to some deeper mystery?

By Geoffrey L. Greene and Peter Geltenbort

A Shot against Cancer

Vaccines that target cancer cells using their own DNA could help eliminate tumors and prevent recurrences

By Beatriz M. Carreno and Elaine R. Mardis

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Quantum Cuteness: Neutron Beta Decay

Quantum Cuteness: Neutron Beta Decay

This toy is radioactively cute—and able to explain how a neutral-faced neutron turns into a proton with a positive expression.

By Eliene Augenbraun and Clara Moskowitz
When Art Falls Apart

When Art Falls Apart

As plastic used in modern art degrades, scientists turn to nanotechnology to put it back together

By Josh Fischman

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