Thursday, May 03, 2012

We Are All Made Of Stars

 Stuff's sub-editors get a bit CSI anthropomorphic with the blurb above. The article is dry as dust, but I can understand the attempt to sex up the story. Try getting people to switch off the reality shows and pay attention to the wonders of reality is noble, but real stars are no match for the fake ones on TV.

Few people are struck by the wonder that alchemy is possible, although turning lead into gold, like fusion, still costs more in inputs that you get in outputs. It is the same process of cosmic recycling, pushing hydrogen into ever weightier elements, that created our world. All the complex elements here could not have formed merely from our sun's vomit alone. We are all made of stars but that amazing fact won't sell the toothpaste and tampons.