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    Molecular fossils of algae in the so-called "K-P boundary" point to a very fast recovery of these organisms following the meteorite impact that killed the dinosaurs.
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    New research on ancient fossils also may offer insight into finding signs of life in Martian rocks.
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    New research on ancient fossils also may offer insight into finding signs of life in Martian rocks.
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    A comet hitting Earth would seem to bring only death and destruction, but one group is studying how such an impact could promote certain necessary chemical steps in the origin of life. The researchers are focusing on how comet collisions might have influenced the molecular
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    Much of the biology on Earth involves molecules that are oriented in a left-handed direction. A proposed nano-satellite would carry up some of these bio-molecules to see if something in space might be responsible for this left-handed excess.
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    New studies of mixotrophic algae have shown how such organisms could survive the darkened skies that follow a major asteroid impact. Such studies indicate how life manages to survive after a mass extinction event.
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    A new model for the origin of life says zinc may have played a vital role. If true, then the Sun´s UV radiation may have provided the energy necessary for life to arise.
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    Life may have been significantly affected in the past by a cosmic ray blast, but researchers are still looking for the smoking gun.
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    Intelligent life beyond Earth might not be as dim a hope as many scientists think, according to a new study challenging a widely held anti-ET argument.
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    Like messages in a bottle, grains inside meteorites carry clues to the history of our solar system. Some of these tiny crystals are older than the solar system itself. A new study has determined the age of a set of grains from one meteorite. The
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