The Strongest Material in the Universe Could Be (Nuclear) Pasta

Inside this neutron star, the strongest stuff in the universe may be hiding. Foto: NASA/JPL-Caltech

How to cook “nuclear pasta” in three easy steps, writes Live Science:

1. Boil one large, dying star until it goes supernova and explodes. (This could take a billion years, so be patient.)

2. Vigorously stir any leftover protons and electrons inside the star’s shriveled core until they merge into a soup of ultradense neutrons. Apply as much gravity as necessary.

3. Scrunch the neutron stew into an airtight sphere the size of Toronto. Cover in a crystalline crust and serve at 1.08 million degrees Fahrenheit (600,000 degrees Celsius).

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