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NASA shows how neutron stars collide to form black holes

NASA Goddard has created an impressive supercomputer simulation of one of the most violent events in the Universe: A battle to the death between two neutron stars, ripping each other apart and colliding until they form a black hole. Even if it's just a simulation, looking at the scale and forces involved blows my mind. » 5/13/14 9:49pm 5/13/14 9:49pm

All the Gold on Earth Comes From Massive Space Explosions

Previously, astronomers had been under the impression that the heavy elements—gold, platinum, lead, uranium, etc.—came from supernova explosions. But now, scientists have announced a new theory for these highly valuable elements, this one involving two ultra-dense neutron stars and one spectacularly violent, grossly… » 7/18/13 3:10pm 7/18/13 3:10pm