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Exploring the Development of Primordial Compartments in the Origin of Life

(Note: the following text was adapted from a recent press-release from the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) in Tokyo, Japan. Both Tony Jia and Jim Cleaves are BMSIS Scientists and researchers at ELSI. The original text of the press release can be found here and the peer-reviewed research article can be found here, as well as through the reference below) “Before life began on Earth, the environment likely contained a massive number of chemicals that reacted with each other more or […]

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Chemistry and biology are not separate worlds

BMSIS Scientist Omer Markovitch builds models to predict chemical speciation. (Following is an interview with Dr. Markovitch, translated from the NEMO Kennislink website) Before there was life on earth, molecules already displayed behaviour that resembles life, such as reproduction and evolution. Omer Markovitch tries to understand and predict that behaviour using computer models. How did life originate on earth? “That is far too big a question to investigate all at once,” says Omer Markovitch, a post-doctoral researcher at the University […]

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Yuri’s Night in Marilia, Brazil

BMSIS Scientist Dr. Ivan Paulino-Lima recently organized the very first Yuri’s Night event in his home town of Marilia, Brazil! Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. It’s a world space party, bringing together space-themed events of many kinds from around the globe and bringing together people to share in a passion for space exploration and understanding our place in the cosmos. The events are held every April in commemoration of when Yuri […]

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Synthetic Hydrothermal Vents at NASA JPL

Scientists have reproduced in the lab how the ingredients for life could have formed deep in the ocean 4 billion years ago. The results of the new study offer clues to how life started on Earth and where else in the cosmos we might find it. Astrobiologist Laurie Barge [a Scientist with BMSIS] and her team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are working to recognize life on other planets by studying the origins of life here on […]

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Detectability of Future Earth

A cosmic perspective on the future of our world and the longevity of our civilization A new special issue of the journal Futures is now available and features papers that examine the future of Earth and civilization from an astrobiological perspective, particularly focused on the extent to which human activities could be detectable across interstellar distances. BMSIS Scientist Jacob Haqq-Misra edited this special issue and provides the introductory chapter. The issue also includes contributions from BMSIS Scientists Sanjoy Som, Brendan […]

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