Thursday, August 30, 2012

In the news...sugar molecule

"Molecule Spotted Near Sun-Like Star

"For the first time, astronomers have discovered sugar—one of the building blocks of life—in a gas cloud near a star. The simple molecule, calledglycolaldehyde, is essential to the formation ofribonucleic acid(RNA), which is present in all living cells. The 10,000-year-old star, known as IRAS 16293-2422, is similar to the Sun and is approximately 400 light-years from Earth. Scientists believe the glycolaldehyde may have been formed as a result of the star's radiation hitting even simpler molecules.More ... Discuss"  Source:  Left hand column for today.  Source:  In the News provided byThe Free Dictionary, accessed 30 Aug 2012

So, what can you say about today's news?  
Can you find journal articles about this topic?  Try to find some.  Here's one:

Deuterated glycoaldehyde: laboratory measurements, analysis and proposed astrophysical research

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