Bureaucratium

Bureaucratium

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Bureaucratium

This message is the fifteenth in a series of Space Frontier Foundation essays designed to inform the Internet public about the incredible possibilities awaiting us in space.

Since the previous half dozen messages were so serious we thought this would be a good place for a short announcement.

Nuclear Scientists at Harwell have discovered the heaviest element in the Universe, which they have named Bureaucratium. This extraordinary element has no protons or electrons, and its atomic number is zero. What it does have is one neutron, eight assistant neutrons, ten executive neutrons, 35 vice-neutrons and 256 assistant vice-neutrons. These particles are held together by a force that involves the continuous exchange of meson-like particles called ‘morons’. Bureaucratium is completely inert but can be detected since it impedes every reaction it comes into contact with.

Contributed to the Space Frontier Foundation

by Arthur C. Clarke

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