Frankenstein and the Comet of Yore

19 Mar 2010 March 9th ... 'Frankenstein's Comet: Sparks of Life' ... this is unfortunately a very short piece on what is a very interesting aspect of the past. Basically, the author draws a comparison with the Frankenstein story, bringing a monster to life with the aid of high voltage electricity passed through a lifeless corpse - but basically possessing the feasibility of life. He then draws a comparison with an experiment where scientists produced a soup of organic compounds, which included amino acids, by artificially creating lightning (or an electric discharge). This was passed through just four inorganic chemicals, water, methane, ammonia and hydrogen, and it produced the building blocks of life. It ends by asking, could (electric) comets mimic the experiment?