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The Water Hexamer
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: A new study has uncovered fundamental details about the hexamer structures that make up the tiniest droplets of water.

Division of Labor and Multicellular Life
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: A new study suggests that the increased efficiency of dividing tasks among different individuals may explain a key transition in evolutionary history, from single-celled to multi-celled organisms.

High Pressure Proteins
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: By performing high-pressure studies of proteins, scientists are learning how deep-sea bacteria adapt to the environment in which they live.

The Roots of the Evolutionary Tree
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Researchers have developed a novel method to search the archives of known gene sequences to identify and compare similar proteins across the many kingdoms of life.

Superfast Evolution
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: A new study on Australian sea stars indicates that a new species can arise in as little as 6,000 years.

Giving Ancient Life Another Chance to Evolve
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli bacteria. The experiment is helping scientists observe evolution in action.

Mass Extinctions Reset the Long-Term Pace of Evolution
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: A new study indicates that mass extinctions affect the pace of evolution, not just in the immediate aftermath of catastrophe, but for millions of years to follow.

Fungi Marked the End of the Coal Age
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: A new study suggests that the evolution of a fungi known as white rot may have brought an end to a 60-million-year-long period of coal deposition known as the Carboniferous period.

The Earliest Animal
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Researchers have uncovered physical proof that animals existed 585 million years ago - 30 million years earlier than previously believed.

Why Coelacanths are Living Fossils
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Rare and extremely endangered coelacanths are animals that have not fundamentally changed for 400 million years. Dubbed "living fossils," these animals are still able to genetically adapt to their environment.

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