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Eureka! Complex organic molecules found in a young star system
Eureka! Complex organic molecules found in a young star system

Our solar system may not be as special as we thought. A new study of a young star’s protoplanetary disk finds the same kinds of complex organic molecules that are found on the comets in our own solar system. The findings, published in the journal Nature, show that the same chemical building blocks that support the kind of life as we know it may regularly form around far-off stars. “From my point of view, it’s really good news that we’re not that special," said lead author Karin Öberg, an astrochemist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "We know that life originated somehow in the solar system — and it would be very...

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