Hydrogen makes up most of the mass of the universe partly because it stays stable anddoesn't decay. On the Chart of Nuclides hydrogen is a single proton. It is effectively a point with no shape.There is no shape to distort. And there are no neutrons to decay into those other things.So it just stays there without changing.There are, of course, other forms of hydrogen that would begin to take on shape. There isdeuterium, made up of one proton and one neutron. At any given instant a deuteriumatom might have the imaginary shape of a gym dumbbell with a line of attractive forceholding the neutron and proton together to keep them from flying off separately intospace.This shape seems terribly stable. As long as the neutron in the deuterium atom stays incontext with the proton in it, it won't decay. And therefore it seems fair to ask thisquestion. What is it in this marital relationship of proton and neutron that keeps theneutron from flying apart in beta decay into a proton, electron, and neutrino? In findingan answer to that question one might also find a way to nullify radioactivity.The next shape is a triangle. The triangle can either be helium-3, two protons and oneneutron, which is terribly stable, or another triangle of heavy hydrogen, called tritium,that has one proton and two neutrons. Tritium is unstable and decays (i.e. is radioactive).If we are dealing only in shapes, both equilateral triangles would probably look alike.Helium-3, would have two protons and one neutron at its vertices. Tritium, would havethe opposite, two neutrons and one proton at its vertices.So it would seem that there may be an unknown quality in the proton that can handle oneneutron and keep it from radioactive decay. Or, alternatively, two protons can handle oneneutron, and keep it from radioactive decay. I have no idea what this unknown "stuff"might be. It just seems reasonable to guess that something might be there.But the proton "stuff" would seem to have limited power. There does not seem to beenough of this "stuff" in one proton to handle two neutrons at a time. As far as thetriangle-shaped tritium atom goes, in about 12 years (radioactive half-life) one of thosetwo neutrons is going to fly off and decay.Shape itself does not seem to matter in this case. If anything might be said for shape, itmight be structural strength inherent in the shape, and after the three nucleons of tritiumand the three nucleons of helium-3 comes a reasonably tough shape. Next to hydrogen, the most common atom in the universe is helium. Helium is terriblystable and had two neutrons and two protons. Therefore at any given instant the shape of a helium atom would be a tetrahedron, a pretty indestructible geometric figure.