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The Origin of Life Challenge: Searching for How Life Began
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Three teams of scientists were just awarded private research grants to aid their search into how life began.

A Comprehensive Study of Ice
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Scientists have published the most comprehensive study every performed on ice. Ice plays an important role in Earth's habitability, affecting everything from life's origins to our planet's global climate.

Where We Split From Sharks
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
The common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates on Earth may have resembled a shark.

Age of Giant Insects Ended with Bird Evolution
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
A new study has revealed how giant insects that ruled the prehistoric skies of Earth gave way to birds.

Expanding the Genetic Alphabet
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
A new study suggests that the replication process for DNA is more open to unnatural base pairs than previously thought. An expanded 'DNA alphabet' could carry more information than natural DNA.

Channeling our Ion Past
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
To understand how the first cells transported ions across their membranes, researchers are studying simple channels used by fungi to kill off bacteria.

Iron's Role in Early Life
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
A new study shows that when life began on Earth, iron may have helped RNA assume the molecular shapes necessary for biology. Today, this role is played by magnesium.

Time to Shift from Dinosaurs to Birds
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
A new study has shown that birds are essentially living dinosaurs, with skulls that are similar to those of their juvenile ancestors.

A Challenge to Find Life's Origin
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
A private philanthropist will shortly announce the winner(s) of his Origin of Life $50K Challenge. The prize is awarded to the "best proposal detailing 'first life.'"

A Turtle the Size of a Smart Car
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Researchers have described a new extinct giant turtle species from the same location in which the giant snake 'Titanoboa' was discovered. The extinct turtle could shed new light on the links between the ancient climate and biosphere of Earth.

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