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Space Dust Carries Water and Organic Carbon
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
02/04/14
Summary: For the first time, scientists have detected water molecules on the surface of interplanetary dust particles. The findings open a new possibility about the delivery of life's ingredients to Earth and potentially elsewhere.

New Technique Could Be Used to Search Space Dust for Life's Ingredients
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
02/03/14
Summary: NASA scientists have used advanced technology to study extremely small samples of meteorites for the components of life.

Size Mattered in Prehistoric Seas
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
01/31/14
Summary: A new study shows that some early multicellular organisms evolved into larger animals in order to access nutrient-rich currents above the seabed.

Cooking Up Life's Origin -- The Safer Way
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
01/31/14
Summary: Researchers have published a simpler, safer method for conducting Miller-Urey origin of life experiments--which may still yield new insight about how life began on Earth.

Mapping Amino Acids to Understand Life's Origins
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
01/13/14
Summary: New research uses computer models to construct a large database of amino acids that life could have used, revealing thousands of possible amino acid structures.

Astrobiology Top 10: The Oldest Signs of Life on Earth
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
12/29/13
Summary: As 2013 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 5 is the discovery of microbial life signs in rocks 3.48 billion years old--possibly the oldest signs of life on Earth. (Originally published on 11/14/13)

Astrobiology Top 10: Astrobiology in the Fold
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
12/27/13
Summary: As 2013 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 7, astrobiologists had revealed new information about the structure of RNA molecules found in the ribosome of cells. (Originally published on 10/07/13)

How Radioactivity Muddles the DNA Alphabet
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
12/22/13
Summary: A new study examines how natural radioactivity in our bodies affects human DNA at the atomic scale.

Mapping the Demise of the Dinosaurs
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
12/18/13
Summary: New research shows that remnants of the impact event that brought an end to the age of dinosaurs are exposed along the edge of a giant underwater cliff in the Gulf of Mexico.

More Evidence for the RNA World
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
12/01/13
Summary: New research supports the theory that RNA played an essential role in the origin of life on Earth.

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