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Radioactive decay made early Earth’s interior much hotter than it is today, so its crust was flaccid.Scientists Pin Down When Earth’s Crust Cracked, Then Came to Life|Howard Lee|March 25, 2021|Quanta Magazine
After a half-century of decay, its economy is finally awakening with a number of tourism projects where the Magdalena River meets the Caribbean Sea.
Outside forces had mined such communities for assets, pushing them into decay, and outside forces are required to help them back.How to fix what the innovation economy broke about America|Katie McLean|February 17, 2021|MIT Technology Review
A limited quantum computer, it specializes in solving optimization problems by letting qubits seek out the lowest-energy configuration available—a process not unlike false vacuum decay.How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide - Facts So Romantic|Charlie Wood|January 28, 2021|Nautilus
The experiment, described in a preprint last June, merely verified known quantum effects and did not reveal anything new about vacuum decay.Physicists Study How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide|Charlie Wood|January 25, 2021|Quanta Magazine
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.
As a means of preventing tooth decay in those cities that do fluoridate, the practice certainly looks like a success.
Their decay proceeded without a ready supply of oxygen, producing hydrocarbons like methane instead of oxygen-bearing molecules.
Political Order and Political Decay Francis Fukuyama (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) How are strong democratic states created?
A drawing of what was deemed a “deer pig” was also sent through the uranium decay ringer.
The General in command of the station was a feeble old man, suffering from senile decay.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
It will hold tenaciously there, the last of its race, days after the decay of its greener and more healthy-looking mates.
The decay and ruin of nearly all the "old families" in Ireland are among the penalties of disregarding it.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
The old dining-hall had shared in the general decay, and been shorn of all its ancient honours.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
It is likewise formed daring the decay of animal and vegetable matters, and is consequently evolved from dung and compost heaps.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry|Thomas Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for decay
- (of an atomic nucleus) to undergo radioactive disintegration
- (of an elementary particle) to transform into two or more different elementary particles
- See radioactive decay
- a spontaneous transformation of an elementary particle into two or more different particles
- of an excited atom or molecule, losing energy by the spontaneous emission of photons