nov 262012
 
The Horsehead Nebula is a Cosmic Petroleum Refinery

  Astronomers find indications for vast petroleum reservoirs in the Horsehead Nebula   What sounds like science fiction is actually reality: using the 30m-telescope of the Institute for Radio Astronomy for astronomical observations in the millimetre range of wavelengths, astronomers have detected, for the first time, the interstellar molecule C3H+, in our galaxy. It belongs [continue reading]

mei 252012
 
Organic Carbon In Meteorites From Mars Is Not Biological

  Molecules containing large chains of carbon and hydrogen–the building blocks of all life on Earth–have been the targets of missions to Mars from Viking to the present day. While these molecules have previously been found in meteorites from Mars, scientists have disagreed about how this organic carbon was formed and whether or not it [continue reading]