Authors Sun Kwok and Yong Zhang, of the University of Hong Kong, performed the study on numerous stars at various stages of their lives. As the stars grew older, more complex organic materials (organics) were found within them.
These University of Hong Kong researchers suggest that organics can be made naturally within stars in as few as 'thousands of years'.
The October 26, 2011 Space.com article Cosmic Dust Contains Organic Matter from Stars quotes Dr. Kwok, who stated, 'What impressed me most is that complex organics are easily formed by stars, they are everywhere in our own galaxy and in other galaxies.'
Kwok adds, 'Nature is much more clever than we had imagined.'
Space.com notes, ''¦ the findings throw a wrench into existing theories that posit that stars cannot produce such complex organic compounds in the near-vacuum environment of space.'
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