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Understanding Material Characteristics Through Signature Traits From Helium Pycnometry

Although helium pycnometry is generally the method of choice for skeletal density measurements of porous materials, few studies have provided a wide range of case studies that demonstrate how to best interpret raw data and perform measurements using it. The … Continue reading

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Physicists Created Quantum Structures That May Have Birthed Dark Matter

Some cosmologists have predicted the existence of “walls bounded by strings” in the aftermath of the Big Bang, and now a team of physicists have created these quantum structures on Earth for the first time. Physicists in Finland have experimentally … Continue reading

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Super-solid Helium State Confirmed In Beautiful Experiment

Computer artwork of the nucleus of a helium atom, or an alpha particle given off during radioactive decay. The nucleus consists of two positively charged protons (red) and two neutral neutrons (green) surrounded by a quantum cloud of gluons, a … Continue reading

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Focus: A Home For Helium Inside Earth

Hot helium mystery. Ancient helium can emerge from the ground along with lava (here from Kilauea Crater in Hawaii). Computational studies now show that the helium source could be the compound FeO2He in rocks close to the Earth’s core. Computations … Continue reading

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Exoplanet’s Helium Atmosphere Is Inflated Like A Balloon

HAT-P-11b is just a little larger than Neptune. Astronomers have discovered that a Neptune-sized exoplanet – HAT-P-11b – has an even larger helium atmosphere than first thought. The atmosphere is literally inflated like a massive balloon. Exoplanets come in many … Continue reading

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