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How is gold made? The mysterious cosmic origins of heavy elements

21 Jul 2021, 18:00 UTC
How is gold made? The mysterious cosmic origins of heavy elements UEA

EVERYONE knows that ancient alchemists were obsessed with making gold. They never cracked it. Everyone knows that too. But here’s something not a lot of people know: thousands of years later, we still don’t fully understand where gold comes from. We can find it on Earth, of course. But where in the universe it was first made has long been a cosmic-scale mystery.

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