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The best way to estimate the age of a planet’s surface is to analyze its rocks, using the radioactive decay of its elements as a geologic clock.Rumbles on Mars Raise Hopes of Underground Magma Flows|Robin George Andrews|February 1, 2021|Quanta Magazine
The researchers hoped to use it to simulate false vacuum decay and bubble collisions.How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide - Facts So Romantic|Charlie Wood|January 28, 2021|Nautilus
Planets heated their original rocks with the decay of radioactive elements, collisions with asteroids or other planets, and with the leftover heat of their own formation.Crushed space rocks hint at exoplanets’ early atmospheric makeup|Lisa Grossman|January 26, 2021|Science News
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.Physicists Study How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide|Charlie Wood|January 25, 2021|Quanta Magazine
Because for every hydrocarbon atom that goes into the Earth, an oxygen atom is not used up in the decay process.Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest - Issue 94: Evolving|Walter Murch|December 30, 2020|Nautilus
An early autumn sun lit up cobblestone streets, tall acacia trees, and handsome and nearly all decayed 19th-century buildings.
This may be the region where Islam was born, but it is also the place where Islam has lately festered and decayed.
It was a decayed house of superb proportions, but of a fashion long passed away.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Some half-decayed pieces of cloth and portions of wearing apparel were still lying in it.
Lincoln Castle, much decayed and ruinous, is an appropriate feature of one of the public parks.
Two miles from Winchelsea is Rye, another of the decayed seaports of the southeast coast.
On an isolated mountain was situated the famous old fortress of Assergur, from which arose two half-decayed minarets.
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