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the atomic number of an extra stable strongly bound atomic nucleus: 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82 or 126

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BoyleSports' spokesman Liam Glynn said: "Number eight was the magic number at Fairyhouse and hats off to the lucky Dublin punter who turned a [euro]22 stake into a whopping [euro]18,900.
Hitoshi Taneda ignited the offense with a two-run double in the second inning and Daisuke Miura (9-8) pitched eight strong innings as Yokohama handed Chunichi its fifth loss in six games, giving the idle Tigers the magic number of 13.
Louis, the Padres reduced their magic number for clinching the division title to four -- and effectively to three because they hold the tiebreaker over the Dodgers (83-74).
Three was the magic number at Chantilly yesterday as The Trader took the Prix du Gros-Chene under substitute rider Ted Durcan.
Five is a magic number in this context because entanglement of that many or more photons or other particles would enable a future quantum computer to find and eliminate random errors in its data, Pan says.
Also a magic number criminal points system, say 500 points and it's goodbye via a police bullet to the rear of the skull.
The Oakland Athletics' magic number is two for clinching the American League West.
Granted, the Clippers' magic number to reach the postseason stood at one with eight games remaining in the season, meaning only a colossal fall would deny them their first playoff appearance in eight years.
I hold the view that all crime should eventually lead to execution via a magic number points system.
When it comes to cystic fibrosis (CF), three seems to the magic number.
It's not at all clear to me why seven days became a magic number," says Alfred Sommer, an ophthalmologist at the Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
The Clippers' magic number fell to two, when coupling their win with New Orleans' loss on Tuesday night.
The magic number series stops at 23, he believes, because there are only three paddles in the molecule.