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Earliest Evidence of Insect Pollination
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
05/16/12
Summary: Amber from Cretaceous deposits has revealed the first ever record of insect pollination.

How Handedness Arises
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
05/13/12
Summary: A new study is helping scientists understand how chirality, or 'handedness,' occurs in the majority of proteins and functional molecules in living organisms on Earth.

Is a New Form of Life Really So Alien?
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
05/12/12
Summary: In a new essay, published in the journal PLoS Biology, professor Gerald Joyce of the Scripps Research Institute examines what constitutes 'life' and the probability of discovering new life forms on Earth and beyond.

No Safety in Numbers from Mass Extinctions
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
05/09/12
Summary: By analyzing more than 46,000 fossils from 52 sites, scientists are revealing new information about the complex relationship between species abundance and extinction.

Did Dino Farts Warm the Earth?
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
05/08/12
Summary: Sauropod dinosaurs may have produced enough methane to warm the climate of Earth millions of years ago.

Lightning Could Shed Light on Solar System's Origins
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
05/05/12
Summary: A new technique for observing electromagnetic signatures on Earth could be used to study other planets in the Solar System.

Some Dinosaurs Were Declining Before the Mass Extinction
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
05/02/12
Summary: A new study is helping scientists understand whether or not dinosaurs were already undergoing a long-term decline before an asteroid struck the planet Earth at the end of the Cretaceous period.

The End of Ammonoids
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
04/24/12
Summary: Over the course of 300 million years, Ammonoids survived three mass extinctions only to die out at the end of the Cretaceous.

Evidence for a Geologic Trigger of the Cambrian Explosion
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
04/22/12
Summary: A geological curiosity known as the 'Great Unconformity' may help scientists understand why life on Earth went through a dramatic period of diversification some 600 million years ago.

Is Water Essential to Life?
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
04/18/12
Summary: New research is challenging one of the key beliefs in chemistry: that proteins are dependent on water to survive and function. The results could have profound implications in the search for life in our solar system.

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