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How much do you know about atoms? This infographic gives you a glimpse on how they can effect things from neon signs to supernovas. (Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)


“Scenes from a microworld: The eye can’t see protons, electrons, and other subatomic particles, but a camera records their frothy wakes in a chamber of liquefied neon and hydrogen at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. Technician Karen Carew points to a straight line, possibly the track of a pion dislodged from its spot in a neon atom’s nucleus by a neutrino traveling at the speed of light.”