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"Galaxy's centre tastes of raspberries and smells of rum, say astronomers"

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 21, 2009.

I kid you not!

"In the latest survey, astronomers sifted through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a vast dust cloud at the centre of our galaxy. While they failed to find evidence for amino acids, they did find a substance called ethyl formate, the chemical responsible for the flavour of raspberries.

"It does happen to give raspberries their flavour, but there are many other molecules that are needed to make space raspberries," Arnaud Belloche, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, told the Guardian.

Curiously, ethyl formate has another distinguishing characteristic: it also smells of rum."

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 28, 2009.

Sounds like those astrophysicist wonks were having an off day with their schnozzes and palates if that's all they can come up with for the tastes and smells of the galaxial core! Wonder how they would try to describe the experience of drinking that Neuf de Pape I just had with dinner..."chemical formulae with your cheese, sir"?

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 28, 2009.

I have imbibed with scientists and you are not too far off the mark!

Reply by dmcker, Apr 29, 2009.

So have I hung with many geeks of multiple scientific and techie variety-- thus I speak of that which I know... ;-)

Think we need an Asimov or a Dick to give the sensual experience at the center of the galaxy better shrift!

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