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A NASA probe that ferried material from a comet to Earth appears to have brought back an amino acid from that encounter, bolstering a theory that life's precursors may have arrived on our planet from outer space.
The Stardust spacecraft, launched in 1999, passed through Comet Wild 2 in 2004, soaking up particulates and gas with a unique, lightweight capture material known as aerogel. The sample-return portion of the spacecraft dropped safely to Earth during a flyby of our planet two years later.
Early analysis of the samples revealed the presence of biological building blocks such as amino acids, but terrestrial contamination remained a possible explanation for their occurrence.
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The Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative (GBFAI) is launching the 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge whose
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