Space Probe Philae Finds Organic Molecules on Comet

Space Probe Philae Finds Organic Molecules on Comet:  The European Space Agency's probe Philae may be struggling to stay in touch, but still managed to find something very special - several organic molecules - including four never detected before on a comet, which are important building blocks of life.  In addition, the space agency vehemently denied rumors that the Philae probe may have also found debris from flight MH370.

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Ohio Man Sentenced to Jail for Petting Zoo Cougars:  An Ohio man who posted a video of himself petting cougars at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, has pleaded no contest to a trespassing charge and will have to spend two days in jail and pay $200 in fines.  What an idiot.  If you really wanna pet cougars, don’t go to a zoo - go to a singles bar.  The man’s lawyer defended the cougar petting, asking “do we expect cougars in Ohio to just pet themselves?

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Astronomers Say First Blue Moon in 3 Years:  Astronomers say that tonight we will have the first “Blue Moon” in nearly three years.  Really?  Sometimes I think astronomers don’t know what they’re talking about.  Hell, I just had a Blue Moon served ice-cold at the Westside Tavern the other night with an orange slice, a side of chips and some guacamole.  I remember it well because I only order one once in a Blue Moon.  

 

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 31, 2015 at 9:55pm

R&L...I have something to say about the organic chemistry of comets, but I can't figure out a punchline and right now I'm just feeling too damn lazy to fuck with it.  ;-D

Comment by Johnny Robish on July 31, 2015 at 10:23pm

It'll come in time (lol)

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on August 1, 2015 at 4:33pm

Not to try to get too serious but as I recall it was Richard Dawkins in his 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker, who related his encounter with a reclusive American scientist whose special area of research was the theory of extra-terrestrial evolutionary genesis. The scientist believed that complicated organic chemistry occurred as a natural sequence of events in extreme environments from subterranean caves, to volcanoes, to planetary moons, to comets and asteroids.  He had an ongoing experiment where he had mixed distilled water, ammonia, methane, carbon dioxide and nitrogen in stainless steel canisters and frozen in liquid nitrogen.  When Dawkins approached him the scientist pulled a canister from the liquid nitrogen bath where it had been kept for over twenty years.  Placing the canister in a vacuum chamber on a laminar flow bench, he shaved off a sample of the ice and transferred it to an electron microscope where the spectra-graphic analysis revealed not one but ten different amino acids and complex proteins.  This was in the early 1980's long before NASA confirmed the research in meteorites:  http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/dna-meteorites.html.

That Philae found organic compounds at work on the 67D / Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet comes as no surprise.  Life will always find a way.  Whether we evolved from mineral gobbling bacteria that lived at the volcanic vents of primordial oceans or extra-terrestrial comet slime, life just keeps on truckin'.

Comment by Johnny Robish on August 1, 2015 at 4:49pm

Well said my friend!

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