Freshly-Synthesized Strontium Detected in Neutron Star Merger

Kavanagh
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Only indirectly associated with gravity waves I none the less think it is topical.

http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/freshly-synthesized-strontium-neutron-star-merger-07728.html

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Mike Hewson
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What a marvelous piece of

What a marvelous piece of work. Bash two neutron stars together and out come newly minted elements. I suppose all manner of other nuclear species produced like this await discovery too.

Cheers, Mike

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I wonder if life, or at least

I wonder if life, or at least intelligent life (so-called) is dependent on the heavy elements? If so, that would place a lower bound on the time for evolution of some species.  Other phenomena will place an upper bound.  This could get interesting.

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