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ToSeek
2004-Sep-21, 04:32 PM
Cold Sugar in Space Provides Clue to the Molecular Origin of Life (http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=15078)


Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered a frigid reservoir of simple sugar molecules in a cloud of gas and dust some 26,000 light-years away, near the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. The discovery suggests how the molecular building blocks necessary for the creation of life could first form in interstellar space.

aurora
2004-Sep-21, 04:34 PM
Where's John K? This sounds like something he would be following.

Swift
2004-Sep-21, 05:10 PM
That is so sweet.
#-o :wink:

Cylinder
2004-Sep-21, 05:34 PM
...reservoir of ... sugar ... near the center of our Milky Way

mmmm...creamy nougat center...yummy!

dvb
2004-Sep-21, 05:36 PM
Doesn't sugar come from plants? Does that mean that there's space plants out there producing space sugar? Should we be worried about these space plants coming to earth? :o

ngc3314
2004-Sep-21, 06:57 PM
Cold Sugar in Space Provides Clue to the Molecular Origin of Life (http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=15078)


Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered a frigid reservoir of simple sugar molecules in a cloud of gas and dust some 26,000 light-years away, near the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. The discovery suggests how the molecular building blocks necessary for the creation of life could first form in interstellar space.

This no doubt fits, perhaps in a temporal progression, with the discovery described by Zuckerman, Turner, and colleagues (Astrophysical Journal, March 1975) in which they describe interstellar alcohol from a small bar near the Galactic Center. They discuss its purity in a "Note Added On Proof": "preliminary estimates indicate that the alcoholic content... if purged of all impurities and condensed, would yield approximately 10^28 fifths at 200 proof". Oh, ye of little faith, it's right here: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?bibcode=1975ApJ...196L..99Z&db_key=A ST&high=415078df4d08304. An opportunity such as this may come along only once in a career.

Ut
2004-Sep-21, 07:12 PM
...interstellar alcohol from a small bar near the Galactic Center.

Quark's? Or has Shoeless Joe's gone interstellar?

Betenoire
2004-Sep-21, 08:05 PM
Does drinking it feel like having your brain beaten out with a lemon-wrapped brick?

sidmel
2004-Sep-21, 09:02 PM
Does drinking it feel like having your brain beaten out with a lemon-wrapped brick?


Only if you're from Beetlejuice !