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Book Excerpt from Lucky Planet

By | March 1, 2014

In the book's prologue, author David Waltham compares a fictitious planet to Earth, highlighting the biologically supportive luck that our planet has enjoyed.

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Discovering Archaea, 1977

By | March 1, 2014

Ribosomal RNA fingerprints reveal the three domains of life.

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Early Evidence

By | March 1, 2014

Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.

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Is Earth Special?

By | March 1, 2014

Reconsidering the uniqueness of life on our planet

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image: Matthew Powner: Origin Solver

Matthew Powner: Origin Solver

By | March 1, 2014

Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University College London. Age: 32

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RNA Origins

By | March 1, 2014

See March 2014 Scientist to Watch Matthew Powner explain his work exploring the chemical origins of life on Earth.

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Speaking of Science

By | March 1, 2014

March 2014's selection of notable quotes

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RNA World 2.0

By | March 1, 2014

Most scientists believe that ribonucleic acid played a key role in the origin of life on Earth, but the versatile molecule isn’t the whole story.  

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image: Hospitable Lake Found on Mars

Hospitable Lake Found on Mars

By | December 10, 2013

The possibility of Martian life gets a boost from evidence of an ancient freshwater lake.

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Point of Impact

By | September 16, 2013

The collision of comets and icy surfaces can spur the formation of amino acids.

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