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Pollution a sign of life?

Pollution a sign of life?

July 24, 2014

Summer student Henry Lin co-authors a paper with Origins Team member Avi Loeb and Gonzalo Gonzalez Abad (Smithsonian Observatory scientist) that suggest detecting CFC’s can be a used as a biomarker for detecting signs of life on earth-like exoplanets.

Read the Boston Globe story here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2014/07/24/another-way-look-for-intelligent-life-detect-pollution/wsSIAioXuY8lx3HMvVTIYL/story.html

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