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This Week In Physics: Sept 10th

Carbon from a Cosmic Collision? Scientists have long wondered how carbon-based life developed on Earth since most of the carbon on our planet should have either vaporized into space during the early molten days of Earth or have become locked in the Earth’s core. Now, research by scientists at Rice University suggests a cosmic explanation: that almost all of the carbon on our planet could have come from a collision between Earth and an embryonic planet some 4.4 billion years ago. One Read more...

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