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2006-Apr-05, 03:40 AM
SUMMARY: Astronomers have located a gigantic cloud of methyl alcohol surrounding a stellar nursery. The cloud measures half a trillion km across (300 billion miles), and could help astronomers understand how some of the most massive stars in the Universe are formed. It's methanol, not ethanol, so you wouldn't want to drink it if you could reach it.

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2006-Apr-05, 11:42 PM
OOOhhhh! One part methanol to 300 parts water is a great stimulant to growing pumpkins and other cucurbits...so I'll bet that's where Charley Brown's Great Pumpkin Patch is......and think of all the drygas you could bottle up at 99 cents a whack. Even the new fuel cells could be powered up with the stuff...talk about your electric universe...:D

2006-Apr-06, 11:52 AM

2006-Apr-06, 01:56 PM
With all this methanol - and polycyclic hydrocarbons showing up just about everywhere (Including Titan), it is time to rethink the origin of our own supply of 'fossil fuels'. True, deposits are related to stratified layers containing many fossils, but could there be residual primal hydrocarbons as well?

2006-Apr-06, 02:39 PM
Would these hydrocarbons have been stable enough in the temperatures at the time not just to evaporate away over a short time?

2006-Apr-06, 03:48 PM
Where do I find a giant martini glass and an olive the size of the moon?

2006-Apr-06, 04:33 PM
Finding a cloud of ethanol... :)

....what better way to speed up the development of manned spaceflight. :lol