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2015-03-13 13:02:58

A new study explores how simple molecules started assembling into the life-giving molecules of amino acids and sugars.

2011-10-26 13:14:02

New research shows how metal surfaces that lack mirror symmetry could provide a novel approach towards manufacturing pharmaceuticals.

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2010-04-21 08:53:01

Scientists are reporting discovery of what may be the “ancestral Eve” crystal that billions of years ago gave life on Earth its curious and exclusive preference for so-called left-handed amino acids.

2010-03-18 13:48:00

NEW YORK, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Within the general question of the chemical origin of life lies the question of handedness, or chirality (a term derived from the Greek word for hand).

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2008-04-07 09:35:00

Flash back three or four billion years — Earth is a hot, dry and lifeless place. All is still. Without warning, a meteor slams into the desert plains at over ten thousand miles per hour. With it, this violent collision may have planted the chemical seeds of life on Earth.

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2005-06-29 00:25:00

Chosen to fly in 2011 as part of the European Space Agency's ExoMars mission, an instrument designed at UC Berkeley will look for an indisputable signature of life: the tendency of life-based amino acids to be either left- or right-handed. The instrument, the Mars Organic Analyzer, passed a key test this month in the most lifeless region of our planet, Chile's Atacama Desert.


Word of the Day
chickabiddy
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.
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