Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Space is Delicious!

Wow, it's a music/dinosaur/space themed day here at Lady Faces!

Possibly one of the best scientific headlines ever:

Astronomers find Milky Way 'could taste of raspberries'

The most adorable news to hit astrophysicists since they discovered the kitten galaxy!

Okay, there's some actual science to back this up, too. Scientists were actually looking for amino acids--basic, life-building chemicals--when they stumbled across ethyl formate, the chemical that makes raspberries taste like raspberries. (Also present--the "deadly chemical propyl cyanide." But that's not tasty!) So that must mean space tastes like a field of fresh, dangerous raspberries, right?


Astronomer Arnaud Belloche had to come along and kill the fun:

"It [ethyl formate] does happen to give raspberries their flavour, but there are many other molecules that are needed to make space raspberries."

Well, Belloche, I guess you know what your latest project will be. Making space raspberries!