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Sweet! Neutron stars are like cosmic chocolates

Neutron stars resemble different types of cosmic candies: Light neutron stars have soft shells and stiff cores, making them akin to nut-filled chocolate pralines, while their heavy counterparts have stiff mantles and soft cores, more like truffles, new research suggests.

Physicists reached this surprising conclusion by developing over a million different equations of states for neutron star interiors that considered both theoretical nuclear physics and actual astronomical observations of these extreme stellar remnants.

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