Astronomy current events question: meteorite amino acids

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2012
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Students are assigned to read online articles on current astronomy events, and take a short current events quiz during the first 10 minutes of lab. (This motivates students to show up promptly to lab, as the time cut-off for the quiz is strictly enforced!)
Bill Steigerwald, "Meteorites Reveal Another Way to Make Life's Components," March 9, 2012
Scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center analyzed carbon-rich meteorites and found __________ created by high temperature chemical reactions.
(A) dark matter.
(B) amino acids.
(C) microscopic diamonds.
(D) buckyballs.
(E) chlorophyll.

Correct answer: (B)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 9 students
(B) : 37 students
(C) : 6 students
(D) : 0 students
(E) : 2 students

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