There is no scientific debate on the age of the Earth, it’s established pretty definitively, it’s at least 4.5 billion years old.Sen. Marco Rubio - During an interview with Politico’s Mike Allen, which briefly focused on comments the Florida Republican made during a GQ interview last month. Some were confused by the Senator’s answer when asked about the planet’s age, and many readers were left unsure as to exactly what the Republican believed himself. Rubio says he was simply trying to acknowledge those who have a hard time accepting data which seems to fly in the face of their religious teachings, but wanted to be clear that he knows there is “no scientific debate.” source
Without carbon, the building blocks of life cannot exist… So it is reduced carbon that, with hydrogen, with oxygen, with nitrogen make up the organic molecules of life. This research shows, yes - it does exist on Mars and now we are moving to the next set of questions. What happened to it, what was its fate, did it take the next step of creating life on Mars?Research team leader Dr. Andrew Steele • Giving comment on the findings of he and his team (from the Carnegie Institution for Science), who were investigating the presence of carbon on the planet Mars. Their efforts yielded worthy and interesting results — they determined that, based on meteorite samples, Mars indeed has carbon on it that was not “contaminated” to the planet through Earth, but rather originated there. They determined that the carbon did not spring from life forms, however — this is a so-called -building block’ for life, not a byproduct of it. source (via • follow)
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