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Disintegration processes are also an important part of the human realm--for instance, the smashing of windows, the pulverizing of ore, and the deadly detonations of bombs, as well as the benign breaking of spaghetti.
A type of disintegration of subatomic particles called kaons occurred more often than anticipated in two series of accelerator experiments performed between 1989 and 2002 at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.
The rare disintegrations, reported in the April 24 Nature, were finally spotted as de Marcillac and his coworkers searched for something else--a hypothetical particle, the neutralino, that might be a component of the universe's so-called dark matter (SN: 1/25/03, p.

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