Most large molecules form in the ice layers of dust grains, but we often observe these molecules in the gas phase. Today’s paper explores how cosmic rays can ‘knock’ molecules from the ice to the gas, a process known as desorption.
Stars are known to experience burst of energy, known as flares. But what happens to biological molecules in the atmospheres of planets when a flare occurs? Today’s paper answers that by adding a bit of “flare” to exoplanets.
In today’s bite we explore how a volunteer organization strives to reach children during the 2020 pandemic.
Ever wonder where DNA comes from? Most astrochemists do! Today’s paper uses computational chemistry to better understand the formation of molecules that may form DNA someday.
Today’s paper experimentally determines what happens when benzonitrile ice is irradiated.