September 14, 2004
Possibly The Only Thing Denser than a Politician is carrying this report on new studies of neutron stars and how they are constructed. By using new X-ray instruments, scientists were able to gain much more detailed information about the size, composition, and spin of one of these hyperdense celestial objects. Because the matter in a neutron star is in such an extreme environment (an object not quite twice the mass of the sun compressed into a form about as wide as Mount Everest is tall, spinning around 45 times a second), getting detailed observations can provide insight into the nature of matter itself.

Plus learning about a substance that would weight a billion tons per teaspoon is just flat cool. No, Ron, you can't have any.

Posted by scott at September 14, 2004 11:43 AM

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but just imagine the practical jokes to be had...

and most of them would involve poop.

Posted by: ron on September 14, 2004 04:20 PM

Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward is about alien life on the surface of a neutron star. Highly recommended.

Posted by: jayrtfm on September 15, 2004 07:38 AM

Wow, not often that you hear of Mt. Everest as an example of something small.

Posted by: Sherri on September 19, 2004 01:32 AM
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