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Stars are our stellar alchemists. They spend their entire lifespan creating and molding elements. In their final moments, a supernova spreads these elements out into the universe, providing the building blocks for new stars, planets, and even us!
'The Recipe For Life…' by It's Okay To Be Smart
Colliding neutron stars produce heavy elements
Berger, Fong & Chornock 2013 http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.3960
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