Double Dose of Nuclear Magic

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These rules are how many protons it can hold before it breaks apart, and how many electrons in the orbital. The article I read was about isotopes, but not any normal isotope. In 1999, scientists discovered an isotope of nickel that “should not exist.” Nickel has a very light nucleus and normally should have the same number of protons and neutrons in it...
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However, nickel-48 has 28 protons and only 20 neutrons. Normally an isotope with this much positive charge should disburse, if it wasn’t for “the dose of nuclear numerology.” Their reason for this phenomenon is that 20 and 28 are “magic” numbers and get an extra burst of stability. Bertram Blank of the Center for Nuclear Studies in Bordeaux, the spokesperson of the international collaboration, explains the concept of magic number comes from the shell model of atoms...
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