BlueSciCon Episode 42: Temperature oscillations near natural nuclear reactor cores and the potential for prebiotic oligomer synthesis
Dr. Zach Adam
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Questions to consider:
- What are natural nuclear reactors?
- What planetary conditions allow natural nuclear reactors to occur?
- What is so special about natural nuclear reactors with respect to the origins of life?
- There are already lots of theories about geological/atmospheric settings for origins of life, why do we need another one and how is it different?
- How is the energy of a reactor different from the energy of, say, lightning bolts or UV radiation?
- What is significant about the environment where reactors form with respect to the origins of life?
- Would we expect natural reactors to be a more or less commonplace phenomenon on exoplanets?
- If so, would they occur throughout those planets’ histories or only at certain times and under certain conditions?
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