astroengine writes: "A new type (or phase) of star has been characterized by Case Western Reserve University scientists in a paper submitted to Physical Review Letters. The "electroweak" star is a stellar corpse too massive to be a quark star, yet too light to collapse into a black hole. It crushes and burns the quarks inside, generating an outward radiation pressure, acting against gravity. Interestingly, the interior is predicted to be a "Big Bang factory", forcing the electromagnetic and weak forces as one (hence "electroweak"), conditions that haven't been seen in our universe since moments after the Big Bang."
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