Science: Barytron

The current spate of scientific meetings is like a late spring housecleaning which gives theorists and experimenters a chance to clear their research shelves toward the close of an academic year. At the American Physical Society's convention in Washington last week the X-particle, newest and queerest of physics' collection of atomic particles, which weighs much more than an electron but much less than a proton (TIME, Nov. 29). came in for a good deal of housewifely attention.

For one thing, the X-particle was given a name instead of a cryptic designation. The name...

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