In the plain Jane story, NASA is studying the origin of life in order to narrow down where to look for it off the planet. But then we read:
A new NASA study has recreated the origins of life, building the ocean’s floors from 4 billion years ago as humanity attempts to understand how life started on Earth and where else it might be found.
The study, conducted by astrobiologists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looks at how life began in hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor. …
While it’s important to note NASA has not created life itself in the experiment, it does raise the possibility that the hydrothermal vents could appear elsewhere in the universe and be a building block for life.
“If we have these hydrothermal vents here on Earth, possibly similar reactions could occur on other planets,” said JPL’s Erika Flores, co-author of the new study … Chris
Ciacia, “NASA was able to recreate the ‘origins of life’ and the results are shocking” at [publication]
What’s shocking is the hype. Essentially, the team created some amino acids and “Some researchers believe these could combine (like Legos) and create further complex molecules which could then be a precursor to life.”
As a friend said: Oh.
Another friend wonders whether science news is now neck and neck with Daytime TV.
No wonder some software firms are developing AI to write news stories. Critical thinking is not sought in either the writer or the reader so it’s all good, right?
See also: NASA is investing more in prebiotic chemistry (Suzan Mazur interview)
Origin of life: Could it all have come together in one very special place?
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