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The Immortal Flatworm
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Researchers have demonstrated how a flatworm overcomes the ageing process.

Amoeba Shines Light on Photosynthetic Evolution
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: New research is shedding light on the evolution of a plant cell component that is key for photosynthesis.

The Origin of Photosynthesis
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: The development of photosynthesis is a key step in the evolution of Earth's biosphere as we know it. Now, a new study is shedding light on the early events that led life to photosynthesis.

Sugars and the Origin of Life
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: For the first time, scientists have observed a sugar in the gas phase. The study will aid in the study of such molecules in interstellar space.

A Mother of Pearl Thermometer
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Scientists have developed new models that help explain the astonishing durability of the biologically-produced material known as mother of pearl.

Google Molecules
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: The technology behind Google is now being adapted to analyze the way molecules are shaped and organized.

Ancient Sun Protection
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Scientists are unlocking the mysteries of an ancient molecule that plants developed to protect them from damaging solar radiation.

The P-T Extinction was a Slow Death
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: New research shows that mass extinctions need not be sudden events. The deadliest extinction known in Earth's history may have killed in stages.

A New Pathway to Life's Origin
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Scientists have shown that sugars essential for life to begin can be produced by a previously unknown pathway. For decades, chemists thought that the formose reaction was the only route for sugar production, but the new study may push research in pre-life chemistry past this hurdle.

New Theory of Life Claims to Unite Fields of Science
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: A new theory asserts that the Earth is alive - including purportedly inanimate, non-living objects like water, proteins and DNA.

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