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The Milky Way is berry good

April 22, 2009 |  1:20 pm


Now this is the kind of science we like to read about: The Milky Way could taste like raspberries.

Scientists say they have discovered two of the most complex carbon-rich molecules ever found in interstellar space, including a substance called ethyl formate, the chemical responsible for the flavor of the fruit. Ergo: The Milky Way "could taste of raspberries." The findings were announced during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.

-- Rene Lynch

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