Atoms May Come Apart as the Biggest Stars Explode

The building blocks of atoms, protons and neutrons, are composed of a collection of particles called quarks and gluons. Shortly after the Big Bang, however, the Universe was too energetic and dense for the quarks and gluons to form stable interactions. Instead, the Universe was filled with a form of matter called a quark-gluon plasma, where the particles could interact with each other promiscuously.

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