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A Key Element to Life is Lacking in the Crab Nebula

16 Apr 2018, 12:00 UTC
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Work by Jane Greaves and Phil Cigan from Cardiff University, UK suggests there may be a cosmic paucity of a chemical element essential to life. Greaves has been searching for phosphorus in the universe, because of its link to life on Earth. If this element is lacking in other parts of the cosmos, then it could be difficult for extra-terrestrial life to exist.

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