Wezen, a Deceivingly Dim Star

The Stars in the Brazilian flag are not randomly drawn. For instance, in the lower left area of the circle are six stars from the Canis Major constellation. This morning while the rest of the family either snored or dreamed, I walked the dog at an early hour under relatively dark skies. Thanks to our... Continue Reading →

Cosmic Origins of Atoms in a Mineral

A mineral is more pure than its parent┬árock. But compared to food additives, industrial compounds and pharmaceuticals, a mineral's compound often hosts more elements. As a result it isn't difficult to find a┬ámineral whose atoms have a variety of cosmic origins. Only a small percentage of elements on Earth are created in and around the... Continue Reading →

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