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08.03.05

Organic Molecules in the Early Universe

Dr. Lin Yan discusses her recent discovery of organic molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (or PAHs) in galaxies when our universe was one-fourth of its current age of about 14 billion years -- long before astronomers previously thought the building blocks of life could have formed.

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