Could iPTF14hls contain a huge amount of weakly interacting dark matter? Because the dark matter is weakly interacting, it wouldn't get expelled by explosions, and its strong gravity could suck more fusionable matter in to fuel a later explosion. My understanding is that weakly interacting dark matter still interacts via gravitation, and a dense plume of dark matter could plausibly been the birth site of the star. A related question: Perhaps most stars everywhere are sited at dense wisps or at least denser than average wisps of dark matter to give the contraction a head start? After all, there is considerably more dark matter than ordinary matter, so it could be an important factor in getting stars going.