Took the lazy option and decided to answer my own question in my short story: The Loneliest Particle in the Universe.
I posed the question “How many scientific references can you point out?”
Here’s the list, off the top of my head:
Fusion/fission of elements in stars.
Schrodinger’s cat (as a reference to quantum mechanics).
Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle.
Diameter of the universe.
Life in the universe.
I have work in the morning and not enough time to explain these, but I may come back and do so, perhaps in separate posts.
In the meantime, enjoy searching for these references.