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Did Life Originate At Deep Sea Vents?
2014-04-10 10:34:45

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution One of the greatest mysteries facing humans is how life originated on Earth. Scientists have determined approximately when life began (roughly 3.8 billion years ago), but there is still intense debate about exactly how life began. One possibility has grown in popularity in the last two decades - that simple metabolic reactions emerged near ancient seafloor hot springs, enabling the leap from a non-living to a living world. Recent research by...

2008-07-02 06:00:47

By Sheng, Yanqing Chen, Fanzhong; Wang, Xinming; Sheng, Guoying; Fu, Jiamo ABSTRACT: Odorous volatile organic sulfides (VOSs) in headspace atmosphere and wastewaters were identified and quantified synchronously in two municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in Guangzhou, China. Dimethyl sulfide (DMS), with concentrations ranging from 0.66 to 5.41 mg/m^sup 3^, was the major VOS in air samples. Carbonyl sulfide (COS), carbon disulfide (CS^sub 2^), and dimethyl disulfide (DMDS) ranged...

2005-12-26 08:39:52

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian police were investigating a mystery gas smelling of garlic that hurt dozens of shoppers when it was released into a supermarket on Monday in the second city of St Petersburg. Two other shops of the handyman store chain Maksidom were evacuated at the height of the pre-New Year shopping period, after rescue workers found two other suspicious canisters fitted with timing devices. A spokesman for the Emergencies Ministry said 78 people had...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'