Friday, 7 June 2013

Comets Brought Life to Earth?

June 5, 2013 — Early Earth was not very hospitable when it came to jump starting life. In fact, new research shows that life on Earth may have come from out of this world.


Synthesis of prebiotic hydrocarbons in impacts of simple icy mixtures on early Earth. (Credit: Image courtesy of DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Lawrence Livermore scientist Nir Goldman and University of Ontario Institute of Technology colleague Isaac Tamblyn (a former LLNL postdoc) found that icy comets that crashed into Earth millions of years ago could have produced life building organic compounds, including the building blocks of proteins and nucleobases pairs of DNA and RNA.

Comets contain a variety of simple molecules, such as water, ammonia, methanol and carbon dioxide, and an impact event with a planetary surface would provide an abundant supply of energy to drive chemical reactions.

More - Link >>> http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605144326.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fspace_time+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Space+%26+Time+News%29

Sources: U.S. Department of Energy/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,  ScienceDaily.com .

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