Black hole theory deepens lithium crisis

Black hole theory deepens lithium crisis

Proposal identifies potential new source of element

By Nadia Drake, 11:22 AM July 19, 2012

The universe is lacking in lithium — and instead of solving what’s known as the “lithium problem,” a new study makes it even more complicated.

The work, published in the July 13 Physical Review Letters, suggests that some small black holes could be acting as lithium factories. The problem is, observed lithium levels are too low to accommodate such production. Those levels are also much lower than those predicted by otherwise robust theories describing how the first chemical elements were cr...

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