Slashdot points to a rather strange experiment involving radioactive decay.Â It doesn’t quite fit the model, since decay is one of those things that’s supposedly unable to be changed–or, at least, I can’t change lambda for americium isotope whatever as far as I know.
The leader of the German-based group, Claus Rolfs of Ruhr University in Bochum, is an astrophysicist and made the discovery about alpha decay after replicating the fusion reactions that take place in the centre of stars. Using the universityâ€™s particle accelerator he fired protons and deuterons (nuclei containing a proton and a neutron) at various light nuclei. He noticed that the rate of fusion reactions was significantly greater when the nuclei were encased in metals than when they were inserted into insulators. He also observed that the effect is enhanced at lower temperatures (J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 32 489).
I dunno.Â Sounds from the press report as though there’s a hypothesis being fit to the results using a big crowbar.
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