Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Building block of life found in comet

This is pretty big news, people. For the first time, "scientists have identified one of the fundamental chemical buildings blocks of life in a comet." (BBC) Specifically, scientists found "Glycine" (an amino acid) in material captured by NASA's Stardust probe from Comet Wild-2 in 2004.

Not only does this help explain how life may have started on Earth, but it also "strengthens the argument that life in the Universe may be common."

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.