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Articles related to origin of life

Browse: Oldest Fossils Prove that Life Thrived on Young Earth
Cover Story: Cosmic Hotspots for Life
New evidence reveals that large meteorite impacts took long enough to cool for microbial life to emerge and thrive in the wet and warm conditions of the impact crater.
Feature: Conditions for Creation
A sequence of the world’s oldest rocks in the depths of the Mariana Trench indicates that both plate tectonics and life may have commenced on Earth 4.4 billion years ago.
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Feature: A Catalyst for Life
A chemical found in hair bleach may have catalysed life, and can even explain why new life is no longer being created from non-living building blocks on modern Earth.
Browse: Ancient Pilbara Microbes Push Back Date for First Life
Microbial ecosystems have been found in the oldest suitable rocks on the planet, 3.5 billion-year-old sedimentary sequences in the Pilbara.
Cool Careers: Learning about Life from Waves
Nail Akhmediev believes that the creation of rogue waves at sea could be a useful template for the conditions that gave rise to life on Earth.
Naked Skeptic: Darwin’s Aussie Epiphany
Long before he struck upon his theory of natural selection, Charles Darwin experienced a revelation while exploring the Blue Mountains.
Out of this World: Bringing Building Blocks of Life to Earth from Space
New research supports the view that meteorites kickstarted life on Earth, and Australian astronomers have measured how a galaxy’s spin affects its shape.