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How, then, are the planetary systems configured in these more typical star systems, around half of which have no gas giants in Jupiter-like orbits? Andrew W. Mann and Eric Gaidos (University of Hawaii) and B. Scott Gaudi (Ohio State University) have used computer simulations to address this question. They have numerically studied the evolution of one-solar-mass star systems using 230 different sets of starting conditions. They followed the disk of gas and matter around a new star as it developed planets from protoplanets (which they call “oligarchs”) and the smaller “planetesimal” chunks of orbiting matter until stable orbits are reached.

Unless, of course, the computer was frequently flaky, the light bulb was old, and the toaster was a fire hazard anyway. ) What appears an unlikely set of coincidences might actually be evidence of a common, systemic problem. If a car maker can build uncommonly good cars for years and years, and then make an unlikely combination of mistakes, maybe that means that Toyota has systemic problems, as well. As you said, it would be minor news if a company with a poor quality record had encountered the same problems.

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