That's Wonky! Some Atoms Have Pear-Shaped Nuclei

08/05/2013 14:40
Date: 08 May 2013 Time: 12:45 PM ET

A few heavy, unstable atoms have pear-shaped nuclei, research suggests. The lopsided nuclei, described today (May 8) in the journal Nature, could be good candidates for researchers looking for new types of physics beyond the reigning explanation for the bits of matter that make up the universe (called the Standard Model), said study author Peter Butler, a physicist at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. [Read more] ...