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Comets Brought Organic Ingredients For Life
2013-06-06 08:23:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When it came to jump-starting life, the early Earth was not a very hospitable place. New research from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) reveals that life on Earth may indeed have come from outer space. LLNL scientist Nir Goldman and UOIT´s Isaac Tamblyn — a former LLNL postdoctoral researcher — found that billions of years ago icy comets...

Meteorites Brought Phosphorus Life To Earth
2013-06-05 12:53:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has determined that meteorites that impacted Earth some 3.5 billion years ago could have helped kick start life on this planet. Scientists at the University of Washington and the University of South Florida have found that the heavy bombardment by meteorites early in our planet´s history provided the reactive phosphorus that was essential for the...

Billion Year-Old Water Found On Earth May Hold Key To Finding Life On Mars
2013-05-16 10:31:00

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online How did life begin? This question has been the focus of intense research for centuries, and while we have made significant strides, the answer still eludes us. Understanding how the first proteins, amino acids, and other organic compounds came together to form the first living cells is vital in our search for finding potential life on other worlds. And we have long thought that the key to life, here on Earth anyway, is...

2013-04-08 12:13:20

3-year study offers new evidence about where scientists should be looking A structural biologist at the Florida State University College of Medicine has made discoveries that could lead scientists a step closer to understanding how life first emerged on Earth billions of years ago. Professor Michael Blaber and his team produced data supporting the idea that 10 amino acids believed to exist on Earth around 4 billion years ago were capable of forming foldable proteins in a high-salt...

Primitive Batteries Helped Power Primordial Soup
2013-04-05 06:08:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team at the University of Leeds may have solved the question of how objects from space could have kindled life on Earth. Scientists generally accept that some of the important ingredients for life came from meteorites impacting the early Earth. However, they have not been able to explain how that inanimate rock transformed into the building blocks of life. The new study, published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta,...

Space Algae Claims Scoffed By Science Community
2013-03-12 10:23:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Instead of being hailed as the definitive proof of extraterrestrial life in the form of space algae, a new report from the Journal of Cosmology claiming drawing howls and catcalls from around the scientific community. The report is based on supposed meteorite fragments taken from a fireball that appeared in the evening sky over northern Sri Lanka on Dec. 29, 2012. An analysis of the fragments was performed by Chandra Wickramasinghe,...

Working At Extreme Edge Of Cosmic Ice
2013-03-05 07:45:55

NASA [ Watch The Video Cosmic Ice ] Behind locked doors, in a lab built like a bomb shelter, Perry Gerakines makes something ordinary yet truly alien: ice. This isn't the ice of snowflakes or ice cubes. No, this ice needs such intense cold and low pressure to form that the right conditions rarely, if ever, occur naturally on Earth. And when Gerakines makes the ice, he must keep the layer so microscopically thin it is dwarfed by a grain of pollen. These ultrathin layers turn out...

Icy Cosmic Start For Amino Acids And DNA Ingredients Suggested By New Discoveries
2013-02-28 14:48:50

National Radio Astronomy Observatory [ Watch the Video Answering Questions Of Where Prebiotic Molecules Form ] Using new technology at the telescope and in laboratories, researchers have discovered an important pair of prebiotic molecules in interstellar space. The discoveries indicate that some basic chemicals that are key steps on the way to life may have formed on dusty ice grains floating between the stars. The scientists used the National Science Foundation's Green Bank...

JPL Bubbles Up Organics Using Ocean Vent Simulator
2013-01-17 09:25:23

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory This week, fizzy ocean water and the alkaline fluid that bubbles up from deep ocean vents are coursing through a structure at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. that is reminiscent of the pillared Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. Scientists with the NASA Astrobiology Institute's JPL Icy Worlds team have built this series of glass tubes, thin barrels and valves with a laser and a detector system. The set-up mimics the conditions at...

Scientists Offer New Way To Look At The Origins Of Life
2012-12-13 15:45:08

[Watch Video: Paul Davies on the Origins of Life] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People have been trying to understand the origins of life on Earth through scientific means since the concept of science began and a pair of Arizona State University researchers suggests in a new report that we´ve been approaching the question incorrectly, almost from the beginning. In a paper titled, "The algorithmic origins of life,” Paul Davies and Sara Walker...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.