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Posted - 12/03/2006 :  11:59:30  Show Profile  Visit pleco's Homepage Send pleco a Private Message

Organic globules found in a meteorite that slammed into Canada's Tagish Lake may be older than our sun, a new study says.

The ancient materials could offer a glimpse into the solar system's planet-building past and may even provide clues to how life on Earth first arose.

Intersting find. Though I feel the conclusions being drawn are highly speculative and probably shouldn't be made at this time. It just gives more fuel for people like Bill who have no grasp of reality.

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Posted - 12/03/2006 :  12:42:11   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message
A lotta "could be" and "appears" and "might" there. I think I'll reserve comment until more is known about it.
"What's really striking about this is that these globules clearly could not possibly have formed where [the meteorite] itself formed," Messenger said.

"Under those extreme conditions the air that you'd breathe would be solid ice. You would never find those conditions in the asteroid belt or anywhere close to the sun."

Never the less, it is a very interesting find.

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Posted - 12/03/2006 :  13:00:07   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Interesting, but also very frustrating. They did not name a single organic compound found in the meteorite.

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Posted - 12/03/2006 :  18:34:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message
A lot of folks who watch TV news or read newspapers might assume "organic" always means some sort of living thing or component of life. In the most basic sense, organic compounds are carbon combined with another element and therefore can be found in both life as well as non-living matter.

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Posted - 12/04/2006 :  03:05:18   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message
excellent thin slice images

better summary of the find

pdf article on the likely asteroid source

tiny fragments still for sale
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