Newly discovered protostar is well placed for studying how massive stars form

The protostar is the large, bright red star where the arrow is pointing.
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Twelve thousand light-years from Earth, a star is forming. At first, it had all the marks of an aging star on its way to death. But new evidence published in the Astrophysical Journal shows that the star known as IRAS 19312+1950 is likely a protostar, wrapping its surrounding cloud of dust and ice closer as it coalesces.

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Tiny dark matter stars would harbour particles that act as one

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“You will be assimilated.” In Star Trek, members of the strange and sinister race known as the Borg would utter this threat as if one. Their behaviour could be echoed in space if dark matter exists in a particular form: if so, it could create Borg-like stars in which every particle is in the same state at the same time.

Read the full article in New Scientist.

How to de-clutter (and re-clutter) the universe

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Do you ever look around your apartment and think, where did all this stuff come from? Maybe some of your clothes or books or tchotchkes are unnecessary, and you could stand to de-clutter. Or, to take the very long view—the universe’s view—not only are your books not necessary, but neither are most of the elements that make up your books, your other possessions, or indeed you yourself. There was a time in the universe’s infancy when these elements didn’t exist, and yet somehow the universe managed to create them all, along with you and everything else you can see.

For the full explanation of how the elements were created, read the full article in Scope.