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.
Score one for Darwin! “It seems astounding that life has not evolved for more than 2 billion years — nearly half the history
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.
Some scientists believe microorganisms from outer space hitched a ride to Earth aboard an asteroid or a comet, since life
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.
Until now, theories for the origin of RNA life pointed to RNA-based chemicals arriving on Earth from Mars. That's because
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.
Has Chatterjee really found the biological Holy grail? Not every scientist is ready to give that claim his or her blessing
"This form of molybdenum couldn’t have been available on Earth at the time life first began, because three billion years
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
Sharov and Gordon's idea raises other intriguing possibilities. For one, "life before earth" debunks the long-held science
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.
By Carolyn Gramling But on 9 March, the head of the genetics laboratory at the St. Petersburg Institute, Vladimir Korolyov
Chemicals known as TAPAS and CA (left) assemble together forming rosettes (middle) that then stack into genelike chains (right
Even today, lichen are the pioneers that first take root on bare rock, creating the precursors of soil (other organisms can