Life on Titan: Quantum effects could be key to the chemistry of life on Saturn’s moon Liberal-news

Titan and Saturn captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Quantum effects may be key to possible precursors to life on Saturn’s moon Titan. These effects become more important at lower temperatures, so they can allow chemical reactions that would otherwise be impossible on an icy moon like Titan.

Titan is the only place other than Earth where liquid oceans and lakes have been observed on the surface; the liquid in question is ethane and methane, not water, but is nonetheless intriguing because of the possibility of life. …

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