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Studies of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) have revealed more evidence for the fine-tuning of the Milky Way Galaxy. As stars die, they explode, thereby producing and distributing throughout the universe almost all elements heavier than helium. However, some particularly violent explosions known as long GRBs would significantly disrupt life in any galaxy where the GRB occurred. According to a recent study, these particular explosions occur only in galaxies with low abundance of metals. Consequently, GRBs are rare in the metal-rich Milky Way Galaxy but were more abundant in the early universe, when they enhanced the metal enrichment of early galaxies in preparation for life-supporting planetary systems. Such fine-tuning finds a comfortable fit in RTB’s supernatural cosmic creation model but does not accord well with a naturalistic explanation.
o A. S. Fruchter et al., “Long γ-ray Bursts and Core-collapse Supernovae have Different Environments,” Nature 441 (2006): 463-68.
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