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No Hidden Starstuff in Nearby Universe

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Science  29 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5330, pp. 1201
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5330.1201a

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Some astronomers have proposed that there may be twice as much neutral hydrogen gas, the principal raw material for stars, in the universe than current estimates predict. That extra gas may be hiding out in intergalactic clouds or in dim, hard-to-spot galaxies. But, according to a team of Dutch and U.S. astronomers that has carried out a radio survey of the nearby universe, the extra hydrogen was nowhere to be found.