Scientists Unveil the Secret of a Reaction for Prebiotic Synthesis of Organic Matter
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25-06-2013, 07:48 PM
Scientists Unveil the Secret of a Reaction for Prebiotic Synthesis of Organic Matter
Excited, but Cold: Scientists Unveil the Secret of a Reaction for Prebiotic Synthesis of Organic Matter (using computational-chemistry)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/201...104213.htm

Since the 1960's it has been well known that when concentrated hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is irradiated by UV light, it forms an imidazole intermediate that is a key substance for synthesis of nucleobases and nucleotides in abiotic environment. The way how UV radiation acts in this reaction to produce complex organic matter was, however, never clarified. Dr. Mario Barbatti and his colleagues in Germany, India and Czech Republic have now shown how this process occurs via computer simulations.

Can anyone out there expalin in layman's terms what an intermediary is in this context?

I didn't even know there was such a thing as computational-chemistry. What will these scientists think of next? Ohmy

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25-06-2013, 08:00 PM
Scientists Unveil the Secret of a Reaction for Prebiotic Synthesis of Organic Matter
I think they already had a plausible pathway.











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25-06-2013, 08:06 PM
Scientists Unveil the Secret of a Reaction for Prebiotic Synthesis of Organic Matter
Thanks for the vids Bucky, I'll view them as soon as possible.

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