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The Origins of Gold

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The Origins of Gold

The Origins of Gold

The Origins of Gold

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Alchemy in outer space? Not exactly. But a new theory about gold — and some other heavy metals — suggests they're created when two specific types of stars collide. Linda Wertheimer talks Stephen Rosswog, research associate in physics and astronomy at the University of Leicester, England.

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