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Why are “skeptics” the most gullible people around?

Miller: The irony of Novella’s pollyannish description of the research is that he is a host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast… If Novella had consistently applied his hype-detection tools to the press release from the University of Tokyo, he would have described the [origin of life] research in dramatically different terms. Read More ›

So why aren’t the RNA OOL researchers in the running for the Nobel Prize?

When a story is the one people need to believe, they don’t ask for detailed demonstrations of how it could have happened that way. Chances are, they don't even want them because then they would be responsible for knowing that it didn't really happen. Read More ›

The chemoton: Origin of life as a political issue?

At RealClearScience: "It [the chemoton] was announced to the world in Hungarian, at a time when Hungary was behind the Soviet Union's Iron Curtain. The chemoton would not reach English readers until 2003, when RNA world was firmly entrenched as the leading theory of life's origins." Read More ›

We are told: The recipe for the origin of life has been revised

Scientists revising their origin of life theories is—in the present climate—somewhat like fiction writers revising their novels. Nothing in the world wrong with it. But let’s be clear what level of real-world information we are talking about. Read More ›

Researchers: Genetic code emerging in an RNA world faces “insuperable problems”

Note: “ The hypothetical RNA World does not furnish an adequate basis for explaining how this system came into being, principles of self-organisation that transcend Darwinian natural selection furnish an unexpectedly robust basis for a rapid, concerted transition to genetic coding from a peptide·RNA world.” Read More ›

NASA is investing more in pre-biotic chemistry

Georgia Tech biochemist Loren Williams was recently named co-leader of NASA’s new consortium to tackle origin of life: Did life on Earth originate in Darwin’s warm little pond, on a sunbaked shore, or where hot waters vent into the deep ocean? And could a similar emergence have played out on other bodies in our solar system or planets far beyond? These questions lie at the center of research in NASA’s new Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments (PCE3) Consortium. One of five cross-divisional research coordination networks with the NASA Astrobiology Program, PCE3 aims to identify planetary conditions that might give rise to life’s chemistry. One goal of PCE3 is to guide future NASA missions targeting discovery of habitable worlds. Aaron Read More ›