Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
jaylake

Fascinating, captain

slithytove points to this article at New Scientist, "13 Things That Do Not Make Sense".

I found this 'graph fascinating:

"Levin is petitioning ESA and NASA to fly a modified version of his mission to look for "chiral" molecules. These come in left or right-handed versions: they are mirror images of each other. While biological processes tend to produce molecules that favour one chirality over the other, non-living processes create left and right-handed versions in equal numbers. If a future mission to Mars were to find that Martian "metabolism" also prefers one chiral form of a molecule to the other, that would be the best indication yet of life on Mars."
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