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New measurements by Japanese nuclear physicists have solved a long-standing anomaly in the biblically predicted big bang creation model. For the last few decades, astronomers have noted an overabundance of nickel-62 in the universe compared to what the synthesis of heavy elements in the furnaces of massive stars would predict for a big bang universe that has been expanding for about 14 billion years. The team demonstrated that previous neutron cross-section measurements (a measure of how big a target area nickel-62 presents to free-moving neutrons) of nickel-62 were incorrect. Their measurements established that the cross section instead was three times larger. When this corrected value is used, the nickel-62 anomaly in big bang cosmology disappears. This resolution vindicates the biblical cosmic model while striking a blow at many atheistic and young-earth models.
- Tomyo et al., “62Ni(n, g)63Ni Reaction and Overproduction of Ni Isotopes,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 623 (2005): L153-L156.
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