Did Comet Impacts Spur Life on Earth?

10/06/2013 11:39
Date: 07 June 2013 Time: 12:02 PM ET

The impact of comets crashing into Earth's surface may have provided the energy to create simple molecules that formed the precursors to life, a new study suggests.

That conclusion, published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, was based on a computer model of such an impact's effect on a comet crystal initially made up of water, carbon dioxide and other simple molecules. [Read more] ...