Are we all alone? Blow to finding aliens after scientists discover phosphorus, a crucial ingredient for life, is 'lacking' in the universe



Earth-type life may be more rare and precious than is commonly thought, according to a study that hints at a cosmic lack of phosphorus.
The element is vital to energy storage and transfer in cells, and is part of the chemical backbone of DNA.
Phosphorus is created in supernovae - exploding massive stars at the end of their lives.
But the new research suggests that typical supernovae may not provide the conditions needed for forging the element.
Earth may be unusually lucky, because it happened to be situated close enough to the 'right' kind of supernova.
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5 April 2018 in Science &Technology, Views: 35
Source: Daily Mail
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