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Paula Gordon | Posted 06.20.2016 | Good News
Paula Gordon

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.

'Darwin Versus Deepak': Which Came First, Feelings, or the Brain?

Stuart Hameroff | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Stuart Hameroff

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.

Riding the Evolution Paradigm Shift With Eugene Koonin

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.07.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

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.

This Organism Hasn't Evolved In Billions Of Years

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 02.04.2015 | Science

It's being called the greatest absence of evolution ever reported: sulfur-eating bacteria that live deep in the sea haven't changed at all in 2.3 bill...

Remembering Origin of Life Trailblazer Harry Lonsdale

Suzan Mazur | Posted 03.10.2015 | Science
Suzan Mazur

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.

Scientists Use Super-Powerful Laser To Simulate 'First Spark Of Life'

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science

It's long been known that life on Earth arose about 4 billion years ago. But what caused the first "spark of life?" That remains a topic for debate. ...

Dimitar Sasselov: Generation II -- Let There Be Light

Suzan Mazur | Posted 09.27.2014 | Science
Suzan Mazur

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.

Matt Powner: How to Make a Protocell

Suzan Mazur | Posted 08.16.2014 | Science
Suzan Mazur

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.

World's Oldest Rocks Found To Contain Key Building Block For Life

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A critical building block for creating the first life on Earth was found in 3.8-billion-year-old rocks from Isua, Greenland, re...

What Is Life?

Addy Pross | Posted 05.19.2014 | Science
Addy Pross

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.

Has Scientist Found Holy Grail Of Life?

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science

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...

Are We All Martians?

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 08.30.2013 | Science

Don't believe that whole "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" trope. New evidence seems to support the theory that we're all from the red planet....

Why Does the World Exist? A Review

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 10.16.2013 | Home
Bill DeSmedt

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.

Cosmic 'Swirls' May Shed New Light On Birth Of Universe

| Adrian Cho | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science

Scientists have spotted swirling patterns in the radiation lingering from the big bang, the so-called cosmic microwave background (CMB). The observati...

Is Life Older Than Earth Itself?

Posted 04.18.2013 | Science

By: Jillian Scharr, TechNewsDaily Staff Writer Published: 04/16/2013 06:08 PM EDT on TechNewsDaily Applying a maxim from computer science to biolo...

Origin of Life Souffle Rises

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.12.2013 | Science
Suzan Mazur

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.

Antarctic Life Discovery Called Into Question

| Posted 03.11.2013 | Science

By Carolyn Gramling Just days after Russian scientists announced that they had found a previously unidentified species of bacteria in Antarctica's s...

Self-Assembling Molecules May Hint At Origin Of Life

| Posted 02.12.2013 | Science

By Robert F. Service A pair of RNA-like molecules can spontaneously assemble into gene-length chains, chemists in the United States and Spain report...

Evidence Of Early Life Draws Ire From Scientists

Posted 12.13.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 12/12/2012 01:22 PM EST on LiveScience Life may have first emerged on land about 100 million ye...

Origin Of Life Ideas Need Major Makeover, Study Suggests

Posted 12.12.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 12/11/2012 07:08 PM EST on LiveScience Scientists trying to unravel the mystery of life's origi...

The Origin of Life Soufflé

Suzan Mazur | Posted 01.19.2013 | Science
Suzan Mazur

With the Large Hadron Collider safety issue now settled in the German court, the way is clear for a strategic meeting in February on Origin of Life at CERN. It's aimed at finding an answer to the big question that interests every one of us -- who we are and where we came from.

Surprising Solution Offered For Origin-Of-Life Puzzle

Posted 02.21.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 02/21/2012 10:12 AM EST on LiveScience VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Just as species ...

How The First Cell Formed

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Searles | Posted 01.25.2012 | Science

How did the early earth's "primordial soup" suddenly change into a living cell? New research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society...

Chemists Solve Origins Of Life Puzzle

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Searles | Posted 01.25.2012 | Science

How did life originate from lifeless matter? It's a question that has long puzzled scientists - and fueled the doubts of those who question the overwh...

Did Life On Mars Seed Life On Earth?

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 01.22.2016 | Green

Mark Kelly and his crew weren't alone on the latest Endeavour mission. In fact, a number of microbes hitched a ride with the astronauts as part of ...