Astronomers have made a sweet discovery: simple sugar molecules floating in the gas around a star some 400 light-years away, suggesting the possibility of life on other planets.
The discovery doesn’t prove that life has developed elsewhere in the universe—but it implies that there is no reason it could not. It shows that the carbon-rich molecules that are the building blocks of life can be present even before planets have begun forming.
Obama tweeted a picture — sent from the @BarackObama account, run by his campaign — of him sitting in a chair marked “the President”. His caption: “This seat’s taken.”
The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and its wine, produced by the town’s vineyards. Riomaggiore is in the Riviera di Levante region and has shoreline on the Mediterranean’s Gulf of Genoa, with a small beach and a wharf framed by tower houses. Riomaggiore’s main street is Via Colombo where numerous restaurants, bars and shops can be found.
Designer Damion O’Sullivan really understands those of us who need time to wake up in the mornings. When cold, his morning mug displays a sleeping face white on black. As you pour in the hot coffee (or tea), the mug awakens to greet you.
On June 22, 2012 The Big Picture featured some (just 54) of the thousands of images that were entered in the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Magazine Photo Contest. It was a popular post with over 731 comments by viewers. The winners have been chosen. It’s a wonderful visual treat from around the world.