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  1. #1 New atom creation? 
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    Stupid question perhaps...are new atoms still being created? Or, are all still the result of the big bang, so to speak?

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    Thats an excellent question.

    "How do people get fat".

    No, silly answer.























    Is the "drive" bigger than the "consumption", huh?


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    Only the least heavy elements were produced during the Big Bang (at least following the standard theory ). This includes hydrogen, helium and some lithium and their isotopes. All the other elements are produced in stars via nuclear reactions, in particular nitrogen, carbon and oxygen. The fusion process that drives the stars can produce elements with up to 56 protons, i.e. iron. Up to this margin, the fusion process can release energy. Higher elements are produced by violent outbursts like supernovae. So, new atoms are produced all the time by transformation from other elements. One observation supporting this is that the oldest stars we know of have less heavy elements than younger stars.
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    We are currently making superatoms if you would like to count that.
    Of all the wonders in the universe, none is likely more fascinating and complicated than human nature.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

    "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence"

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