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- Gravity is Cool, or, Why our Universe is
Hospitable to Life
- By Freeman J. Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study,
Princeton, New Jersey, Oppenheimer lecture, given at the
University of California, Berkeley, California, 9 March
2000. The existence of life depends crucially on the fact
that time has these two faces, the quiet and the violent,
cleanly separated from each other.
- In Space, Clues to the Seeds of Life:
Chemical ‘Membranes’ Could Revise Thinking on
- By Kathy Sawyer, Washington Post, Tuesday
30 January 2001. Scientists have for the first time shown
that when simple chemicals are exposed to the harsh
conditions of deep space, the molecules spontaneously
arrange themselves into the hollow structures that look
like the cell membranes found in all living things.
- Signs of Earliest Life in Ocean
- By Kathy Sawyer, Washington Post, Thursday
8 June 2000. Geologists have found apparent fossil
evidence of microbial life in scalding hot deep-ocean vent
systems on the very young Earth, 2.7 billion years earlier
than previously known. The cradle of life may have been a
sulfurous, subterranean inferno, not unlike a medieval
vision of hell.
- Monkeys show sense of fairness, study
- By Sean Markey, National Geographic News,
17 September 2003. Researchers studying brown capuchin
monkeys (Cebus apella) have found that the highly social,
cooperative species native to South America show a sense
of fairness, the first time such behavior has been
documented in a species other than humans.