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A missing element to life could be present in the ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

The ocean inside Saturn’s moon Enceladus may be enriched with phosphorus, an element important for life as we know it, new research reveals. Phosphorus is a vital component in the biochemistry of life. For example, it joins with sugars to provide a “backbone” to DNA, linking the four nucleobases to the double helix. Phosphorus is …

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Are we missing a crucial element of sea level rise?

Are we missing a crucial element of sea level rise?

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 public domain Recent efforts using computer modeling to understand how melting ice in Antarctica will affect the planet’s oceans have focused on the geometry, fracture and melting of the ice sheet surface, processes that could potentially trigger or accelerate mass loss from the ice cap. Now, researchers at Stanford University have identified an …

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