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  • The Solvent-Soaked Universe

    I’ve been meaning to say something about these chemistry results from the ongoing Rosetta comet mission, and my plans to attend this astronomy get-togethe… Read More
  • Acetonitrile. . .In Space!

    You may have seen stories about this paper, which shows that the protoplanetary disk around a (very) young star system is full of HCN, acetonitrile, and other C… Read More
  • We Don’t Know What We’re Missing

    I enjoyed this article in Science about looking for hidden types of life. There are, of course, plenty of microorganisms that can’t be cultured (this has… Read More
  • Thermodynamics of Life

    Origin-of-life studies have been a feature of chemistry for a long time, and over the years some key questions have become clear. It’s clear from astronom… Read More
  • The Galaxy Is Full of Gunk

    We’ll start off with a little extraterrestrial chemistry. As many will have heard, there are all sorts of hints being dropped that the sample analyzing eq… Read More
  • Arsenic Life No More

    The “arsenic life” bacterium has taken a number of blows in the scientific literature, and now it’s taken another. A close look at its phospha… Read More
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