Islands may fix a flaw in Darwin’s theory of life’s origins

A new theory solves a problem with Charles Darwin's idea of early life evolving in "warm little ponds" despite the world being covered in oceans.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
Jan. 5, 2021 ~4 min

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Way before stars form, space clouds hold building blocks of life

"This tells us that the basic organic chemistry needed for life is present in the raw gas prior to the formation of stars and planets."

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

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Did life on Earth start in ‘soda lakes’?

"For 50 years, what's called 'the phosphate problem,' has plagued studies on the origin of life." New research may solve it.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
Dec. 31, 2019 ~5 min

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Did a planetary collision give Earth the stuff for life?

The same impact that created the moon most likely delivered the elements necessary for life on Earth, researchers say.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Jan. 24, 2019 ~7 min

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