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alcohol in space, and other stories

11 September 2014

At http://phys.org/print329463869.html … astronomers have detected a great cloud of alcohol in space – all to do with molecular chemistry in molecular clouds (which includes dust and various chemical compounds). Alcohol, in this instance, is a combination of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen so the reality is not that surprising. However, adding energy to the mix can result in a stimulated emission of light.

At http://phys.org/print329463916.html … an 'impossible' three star system has been discovered by the Kepler satellite (and telescope) which looks at the brightness of stars over time. Its basic mission is to look for exoplanets but to do find them it targets stars and any shadows that might run across them. Of course, small planets such as the Earth may not be picked up by this process – but the science will get better over time.

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