What scientific discovery is represented by the following image?

NOTE: Some tags have been deliberately omitted since I don't wanna reveal too much 😊

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33-14-16-73-7-117 translates to As Si S Ta N Ts - assistants.

??-15-92-22-99 translates to ?? P U Ti Es - __puties, which I guessed as "deputies".

Given that this was about chemistry, and I know $\text{n}^0$ means neutrons in that context, I looked up "assistant deputy neutron" and came across something called


However, seeing that it was satire, I skipped past it.


It took me like 10 minutes before I realized that that was probably the answer, lol.

There are several sources I could find for this - this one (thanks to @Stiv) is relevant; apparently this joke was originally relevant specifically to Ireland. The relevance of the numbers here is:

If you look at the Yes/No in each row/column, then there is 1 neutron that is neither assistant nor deputy ("one neutron"), 25 assistant non-deputy, 88 deputy non-assistant, and 198 assistant + deputy neutrinos (see the website for that specific reference).

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    $\begingroup$ I think you really need to add a relevant link and explain the context and what all the numbers in the grid mean too. This specific instance of [the answer] is relevant to Ireland, specifically. $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    May 1, 2021 at 6:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv Ah - thanks, I'll add a couple of links and explain more in detail. $\endgroup$ May 1, 2021 at 6:24
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    $\begingroup$ @hyper-neutrino that's much better. And yes, I was also aware that there are multiple versions with different numbers (but the same general gist). The check mark is yours! $\endgroup$
    – happystar
    May 1, 2021 at 6:27

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