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Preventing stars from eating their young

Researchers have found a mechanism that prevents newly forming giant-planet cores from spiralling in towards their parent stars. The result may explain why planets such as Saturn and Jupiter are where they are today. See Letter p.63

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Duncan, M. Preventing stars from eating their young. Nature 520, 40–41 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/520040a

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