Making Octavia Butler’s novel Dawn into a television show sounds like kind of a foolhardy idea. It’s a post-apocalyptic storyline, in which the Earth is basically on the brink of destruction, and the last humans are offered salvation by aliens... who want to mate with us and change us. How do you put that on TV?
This honor goes to Dr. Ronald Breslow of Columbia University, who ended his recent paper "Evidence for the Likely Origin of Homochirality in Amino Acids, Sugars, and Nucleosides on Prebiotic Earth" in the Journal of the American Chemical Society with an ominous editorial. After an otherwise technical paper about the…
There's an increasing body of evidence that suggests organic molecules that formed the origin of life on Earth got their start on meteors — but then how did the organic compounds get there to begin with?
Many people believe the seeds of life on Earth came from someplace else — but there's always been a huge stumbling block for this theory. Any amino acids carried on a meteor would have needed to survive the intense journey through the Earth's atmosphere, in order to be the origin of life on our planet.