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LONDON (Reuters) – Astronomers have found the first comet with ocean-like water in a major boost to the theory that the celestial bodies were a significant source of water for a thirsty early Earth.
The intense heat of the planet immediately after it formed means any initial water would have quickly evaporated and scientists believe the oceans emerged around 8 million years later.
The puzzle is where the water, which is vital for life on Earth, came from.
Past analysis of water-ice from far-flung comets suggested they could have delivered no more than 10 percent of today’s oceans because the chemical “fingerprints” did not match up.
But research from Paul Hartogh of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research and colleagues published on Wednesday showed a comet called 103P/Hartley 2 has the same chemical composition as the Earth’s oceans.
The finding substantially increases the amount of water that could have originated from comets, which are made up of rock and ice with a characteristic tail of gas and dust. Previous models of the early Earth implied most water came from asteroids.
In the case of Hartley 2, researchers using infrared instruments on the Hershel Space Observatory found that ice on the comet has a near identical “D/H” ratio to seawater. D/H measures the proportion of deuterium — or heavy hydrogen, which has an extra neutron — compared to ordinary hydrogen in water.
“It was a big surprise when we saw the ratio was almost the same as what we find in the Earth’s oceans,” Hartogh told Reuters.
“It means it is not true any more that a maximum of 10 percent of water could have come from comets. Now, in principle, all the water could have come from comets.”
Hartogh, whose research was published online in Nature, believes Hartley 2, whose current orbit around the sun does not extend much beyond Jupiter, started life in a different part of the solar system than other comets studied.
It probably formed in the Kuiper belt, which lies about 30 to 50 times further from the sun than the Earth, while the others come from the Oort Cloud, some 5,000 times further away.
(Reporting by Ben Hirschler; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
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Delaware mom accused of selling baby to go to Disney World
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Oct 05, 2011 14:36 EDT
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A Delaware mother of three has been charged with selling her infant son for $15,000 because she wanted money to go to Disney World, police said on Wednesday.
Bridget Wismer, 33, of Brookside Park, Delaware, sold her 1-month-old son, Christian, to a Philadelphia man, John Gavaghan, 54, said police in New Castle County, Delaware.
Wismer and Gavaghan, who knew one another through mutual friends, were both charged with conspiracy and dealing in children.
The child was in good condition when he was found in Gavaghan’s home, said Corporal John Weglarz Sr.
Christian is the youngest of Wismer’s three children.
“Bridget was trying to sell her child because she did not want the child and wanted to go to Disney World,” according to a police affidavit that quoted her relatives.
Gavaghan agreed to pay Wismer $15,000 in installments, but not all the money was actually paid, police said.
Wismer’s relatives tipped off New Castle detectives about her plan to sell the child.
With help from the Delaware State Police and the city of Philadelphia police, officers searched Gavaghan’s home in Philadelphia.
“After detectives conducted separate interviews involving both subjects, they were able to confirm that Gavaghan and Wismer were involved in the sale and purchase of the newborn,” a police statement said.
They were arrested last week and details of the crime were unveiled by police on Wednesday.
Gloria Hochman, spokeswoman for the National Adoption Center, said that the legal course action would have been for Wismer and Gavaghan to contact a registered social worker, an adoption agency or a lawyer experienced in adoption. It’s likely that a home study would have been ordered to make sure that Gavaghan’s home was suitable for a baby, she said.
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)
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