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I suppose Pauli exclusion is irrelevant since we're talking about Hydrogen. But, in addition, having light bosons filling the orbitals would mean that Pauli exclusion doesn't contribute an "exchange energy" to the interaction between various hydrogen atoms, and so you get the benefit not only of smaller atomic radius but also of the ability of the atoms to actually overlap significantly.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 23rd, 2008 at 11:15:32 AM EST
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