origin of life

One of the pleasures of having lived for several decades is that old friends drop by now and again. In an email sent to a few friends and colleagues, Stuart Kauffman passed along a piece he and his co-authors have written for the United Nations about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Organisms kill and eat other organisms because they taste good, hunger feels bad, and getting eaten feels even worse. Conscious feelings drive behavior which serves evolution. Materialists' error is ignoring consciousness.
Eugene Koonin is director of the Evolutionary Genomics Group at the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as its senior investigator. He is also senior investigator at the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
So what is the explanation? According to the researchers, the deep-sea bacteria didn't evolve because they didn't have to
Philanthropist Harry Lonsdale, who died late last year at age 82, will be remembered for the $2M competition he kicked off in 2011, a race to discover the origin of life.
The article was published online on Dec. 8 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. To test the theory
One of Sasselov's most important contributions in science could turn out to be his expertise in ultraviolet radiation: Sasselov is now designing the UV light in which the world's first synthesized protocell, which he calls "Generation II," is expected to emerge in roughly three years and begin a new tree of life.
Protocell pioneer Matthew Powner has the fresh-faced good looks of an athlete you'd expect to show up at World Cup 2014, and a voice somewhat reminiscent of the "British Invasion." But the relaxed focus he projects signals something profoundly more urgent: Matt Powner has the chemistry of the origins of life on his mind.
Grew found evidence for boron-rich seawater cycling through the Isua volcanic rocks, despite a lack of continental crust
A March 12 New York Times op-ed by Ferris Jabr presented the provocative view that herds of moving sculptures on beaches could be thought of as "no more or less alive than animals, fungi and plants." That view is questionable.
Scientists know life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago, but exactly how it began has long been an unanswered question. Now a scientist in Texas believes he has the answer.
Scientists know life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago, but exactly how it began has long been an unanswered
In Florence on Thursday, Benner is expected to report that the oxidized mineral form of the chemical element molybdenum may
Whether you prefer to explain our own extremely unlikely existence as nonetheless inevitable given a multiverse of infinitely many parallel realities, or as owing to the operation of some anthropic principle, the fact remains: Here we are.
But first scientists must detect B-modes of any kind. That's what the team with the South Pole Telescope (SPT), a 10-meter
"There are lots of hypothetical elements to [our argument]… but to make a wider view, you need some hypothetical elements
The big idea emerging from the meeting -- and it is projected that it will take 10 years to actualize -- is to create an Origin of Life center at CERN.
But on 9 March, the head of the genetics laboratory at the St. Petersburg Institute, Vladimir Korolyov, told Interfax that
Origin of life researchers have long thought that RNA, the molecular cousin of the DNA that encodes our genes, may have played
But several scientists have called his claims into question and wonder why Nature published the piece. [Top 10 Science Journal