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Comet contains alcohol and sugar?

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File:A small cup of coffee.JPG From Yahoo News:

In unexpected discovery, comet contains alcohol, sugar

Scientists on Friday identified two complex organic molecules, or building blocks of life, on a comet for the first time, shedding new light on the cosmic origins of planets like Earth.

Ethyl alcohol and a simple sugar known as glycolaldehyde were detected in Comet Lovejoy, said the study in the journal Science Advances.

But while the latest study does not end the debate over whether falling comets indeed seeded Earth with the components necessary for life, it does add something to our knowledge, said study co-author Dominique Bockelée-Morvan, an astrophysicist at the French National Center for Scientific Research. More.

The story doesn’t offer information as to why those elements might not have been part of Earth’s formation in any event.

Wait. Oh yes. We get the picture.

Murphy? MURPHY!! Get back here now!

You didn’t need to go THAT far away, you fool, just to hide a jug of moonshine!

See also: Origin of life: Could it all have come together in one very special place?


Maybe if we throw enough models at the origin of life… some of them will stick?

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