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Do planets rob their stars of metals?

t has been known for several years that stars hosting planets are generally more rich in elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, known in astronomy as “metals”. These heavy elements help to form ...

dateAug 02, 2011 in Astronomy
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The making of dust

(PhysOrg.com) -- On the Earth, dust particles are everywhere - under beds, on bookshelves, even floating in the air. We take dust for granted. Dust is also common in space, and it is found for example in the ...

dateJul 06, 2011 in Astronomy
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Oh-My-God Particles

Cosmic rays are really sub-atomic particles, being mainly protons (hydrogen nuclei) and occasionally helium or heavier atomic nuclei and very occasionally electrons. Cosmic ray particles are very energetic ...

dateJun 13, 2011 in Astronomy
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Hunting for transits of Super-Earth GJ 581e

(PhysOrg.com) -- An international team of astronomers has ruled out transits of a water-rich or hydrogen-helium atmosphere planet for Gliese 581e. The host star itself is relatively quiet which means good ...

dateJun 02, 2011 in Astronomy
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'Oddball' star cluster is a hybrid, astronomer finds

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists will tell you that the romantic idea is factually true: we are made of the same stuff as stars. In fact, all chemical elements heavier than helium are made in the stars, and research into how the ...

dateJun 01, 2011 in Astronomy
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Supersolid helium unlikely

(PhysOrg.com) -- Does helium-4 become a "supersolid" near absolute zero? What previous researchers thought might be a supersolid transition is better explained by changes in the solid's resistance to shearing, ...

dateMay 17, 2011 in General Physics
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