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Origins of Life

Life's Elusive X-Factor? Cocktails at The Carlyle With NASA's Senior-most Scientist on Origins of Life, Andrew Pohorille

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.21.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Andrew Pohorille did not disappoint with revelations that there is a certain factor to life that so far cannot be captured in the lab, i.e., life is not purely a technical matter, and that he does not expect that "we" will find life anywhere else in the solar system, including Mars.

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.

A Second Nobel for Jack Szostak?

Suzan Mazur | Posted 08.03.2014 | Science
Suzan Mazur

"You heard it here first," announced astrophysicist Mario Livio as Harvard biologist and Nobel laureate Jack Szostak told a World Science Festival "Search for Life" gathering on Saturday in New York that he expected to make "life in the lab" in three to five years -- and more likely within three years.

Space Dust May Hold Clues To Origins Of Life | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 02.18.2014 | Science

A study of teeny-tiny meteorite fragments revealed that two essential components of life on Earth as we know it, could have migrated to our planet on ...

Steve Benner: Origins Soufflé, Texas-Style

Suzan Mazur | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Why exactly is the January 2014 Origins of Life / Gordon Research Conference in Galveston so locked down? There is an elaborate registration process,...

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...

Advanced Dinosaurs May Rule Alien Worlds, Chemist Claims

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 04.13.2012 | Science

Imagine an alien world ruled by "advanced dinosaurs" as smart as humans—maybe even smarter. Science fiction? Not necessarily, says the author of...

Why Are You Here? A New Theory May Hold The Missing Piece

Robert Lanza, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Lanza, M.D.

Why do you happen to be alive on this lush little planet at just the right time in the history of the universe? Biocentrism -- a new theory of everything −- provides the missing piece.