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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

The universe is more unusual than anyone could have ever expected. Scientists are engaged in the hunt for one of the universe's most elusive substances – dark matter. And the search for this known unknown has led researchers to observe what has been dubbed the "rarest event ever recorded" – lasting 18 sextillion years.




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"An international team from the XENON Collaboration announced it has observed the radioactive decay of a substance called xenon-124, an isotope, of the element xenon -- a colourless odourless gas found in Earth's atmosphere.

Experts have previously predicted that xenon-124's half-life -- the time it takes, on average, for half a radioactive substance's material to decay -- would be around 160 trillion years.

However, no evidence of this process has appeared until now.

Professor Brown's scientists showed the true figure is in fact far higher, with xenon-124's half-life approximately 18 sextillion years, or 18,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years -- even eclipsing the age of the universe's 13.8 billion year-old age."

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