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> December 1, 2005
> SCIENTIST SAYS NEUTRON STARS, NOT BLACK HOLES, AT CENTER OF GALAXIES
> ROLLA, Mo. -- For the past 50 years, black holes have been all
> the rage. Now, a University of Missouri-Rolla researcher says they never
> Scientists have long believed that hydrogen fusion generates
> heat and light in the sun and other ordinary stars for billions of years
> before the star collapses into a neutron star or black hole when its
> fuel is exhausted. "Most scientists think neutron stars are dead matter,
> rather than energized, and that eventually they can collapse and form
> black holes at the center of galaxies," says Dr. Oliver Manuel, a
> professor of nuclear chemistry at UMR. "In this scenario, the end game
> is the end of light as we know it."
> Manuel thinks neutron stars are at the beginning of an
> astronomical renaissance, so to speak.
> In a new paper, http://arxiv.org/pdf/nucl-th/0511051 , Manuel
> and his co-authors claim massive neutron stars are the energy source at
> the center of galaxies. "The neutron stars break up and form smaller
> stars, which drift apart to form planetary systems," Manuel says.
> Manuel is the lead author of the new paper, "On the Cosmic
> Nuclear Cycle and the Similarity of Nuclei and Stars." In the abstract,
> the authors state, "This cycle involves neither the production of matter
> in an initial Big Bang, nor the disappearance of matter into black
> Since the 1960s, scientists have more or less assumed that
> black holes populate the center of galaxies. Manuel says that assumption
> just doesn't make sense to him.
> "You should find a hole there, not a huge outpouring of energy
> and light," Manuel insists. "If black holes exist at the center of
> galaxies, stars should be falling in -- instead of explosively moving
> away from the center."
> According to Manuel, all of the "fragmentation" created by
> neutron stars and the fission of heavy elements at the centers of
> galaxies can be explained by "neutron repulsion."
> "Neutrons and protons in the nucleus work like the north and
> south ends of magnets," Manuel explains. "Neutrons repel neutrons,
> protons repel protons, but neutrons attract protons. Neutron repulsion
> is the force that energizes neutron stars. This empirical fact was
> discovered by five graduate students working with me to decipher the
> nuclear mass data for the 2,850 known nuclides in the spring of 2000."
> Manuel and the group of UMR graduate students published their
> findings in 2000 in the Journal of Fusion Energy.
> Last summer, Manuel and other UMR researchers reported that a
> small neutron star is at the core of our sun and other ordinary stars.
> Those conclusions are forthcoming in the Proceedings of the First Crisis
> in Cosmology Conference by the American Institute of Physics.
> "The heat, light and hydrogen pouring from these stars are
> produced by neutron repulsion in their cores," Manuel says.
> Furthermore, according to the UMR scientist, our sun once
> belonged to a larger neutron star that exploded to form the current
> solar system. He imagines massive neutron stars to be like giant nesting
> dolls that give birth to smaller stars.
> "The super massive neutron stars break up and form galaxies of
> smaller stars, just as the nuclei of the heavy elements break apart,"
> Manuel says.
> In their paper "On the Cosmic Nuclear Cycle and the Similarity
> of Nuclei and Stars," Manuel and co-authors Michael Mozina of Emerging
> Technologies and Hilton Ratcliffe of the Astronomical Society of South
> Africa argue that neutron repulsion also explains the luminosity of the
> sun and other ordinary stars.
> "Additionally, neutron repulsion explains extremely high
> energy events like quasars, which are associated with high-density
> regions of space," Manuel says. "These were previously attributed to
> black holes."
This appears to be total crackpottery. Which journal published this paper if