origins of life
On the Origins of Life
On the Origins of Life
Jef Akst | Mar 17, 2015
A new experimental system demonstrates that precursors of ribonucleotides, amino acids, and lipids may have simultaneously arisen from the same prebiotic chemistry.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2014
March 2014's selection of notable quotes
Discovering Archaea, 1977
Discovering Archaea, 1977
Abby Olena | Mar 1, 2014
Ribosomal RNA fingerprints reveal the three domains of life.
Is Earth Special?
Is Earth Special?
David Waltham | Mar 1, 2014
Reconsidering the uniqueness of life on our planet
Matthew Powner: Origin Solver
Matthew Powner: Origin Solver
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2014
Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University College London. Age: 32
Early Evidence
Early Evidence
Abby Olena | Mar 1, 2014
Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.
Book Excerpt from <em>Lucky Planet</em>
Book Excerpt from Lucky Planet
David Waltham | Mar 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.
RNA Origins
RNA Origins
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2014
See March 2014 Scientist to Watch Matthew Powner explain his work exploring the chemical origins of life on Earth.
RNA World 2.0
RNA World 2.0
Jef Akst | Mar 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.
 
Hospitable Lake Found on Mars
Hospitable Lake Found on Mars
Kerry Grens | Dec 10, 2013
The possibility of Martian life gets a boost from evidence of an ancient freshwater lake.