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Geometrically baffling ‘quasicrystals' found in the debris of the first-ever nuclear blast

By Robert A Jackson, Reader, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Keele University
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Nuclear detonations unleash an astonishing amount of destructive force. But the extreme pressure and temperature that they generate also makes nuclear blasts a cauldron of chemical creation, capable of delivering new and surprising scientific discoveries.

In the 1950s, for instance, scientists examining debris from US hydrogen…


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