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A new molecular factory

Carbon-rich stars are known to be prolific producers of molecules. Against expectations, astronomers have identified an old, oxygen-rich star that can also synthesize a chemically varied molecular cocktail.

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Figure 1: Stellar performance.

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Kwok, S. A new molecular factory. Nature 447, 1063 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/4471063a

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