Complex Chemistry In The Cold Depths Of Space (video)

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
American Chemical Society
March 12, 2024
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Complex Chemistry In The Cold Depths Of Space (video)
Complex Chemistry In The Cold Depths Of Space

For years, scientists thought some complex molecules could only be formed on Earth. But what if we found these kinds of molecules out in space after all? In this episode of Reactions, we explore new findings that show complex carbon ring structures can be formed in space, and what that might mean for biology, chemistry and our own chemical history.

Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios.

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