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  1. Free, publicly-accessible full text available February 1, 2025
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    The20Ne(α,p)23Na reaction rate is important in determining the final abundances of various nuclei produced in type Ia supernovae. Previously, the ground state cross section was calculated from time reversal reaction experiments using detailed balance. The reaction rates extracted from these studies do not consider contributions from the population of excited states, and therefore, are only estimates. A resonance scan, populating both the ground and first excited states, was performed for the20Ne(α,p)23Na reaction, measuring between 2.9 and 5 MeV center of mass energies at the Nuclear Science Lab at the University of Notre Dame. Data analysis is underway and preliminary results show substantial contribution from the excited state reaction.

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  3. Fish communities on tropical deep reefs are dominated by species that belong to families primarily composed of shallow-water species. Collections of deep-reef fishes via submersibles have allowed us to include these deep-reef species in molecular phylogenies, providing insights into the timing and frequency of invasions from shallow to deep reefs. Here we provide evidence of a new deep-reef invasion in the tribe Gobiosomatini in the family Gobiidae (gobies). We describe two new species, one of which belongs to a new genus, and incorporate these taxa into a time-calibrated molecular phylogeny of Gobiosomatini to show that, collectively, these two genera represent a previously unreported independent invasion on to deep reefs that occurred approximately 20–30 million years ago. These new taxa are readily distinguished from related genera and species by a combination of live coloration, pelvic-fin morphology, meristic characters, head-pore patterns and other osteological characters. We discuss the relevance of these two new species to the systematics of the tribe Gobiosomatini and include a comparison to all known genera in the tribe. 
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