Scientists create precursor to life in thermal vent experiment

Scientists speculate that if life were to have spontaneously developed on Earth, the first thing there would need to be are vesicles.

  • The findings also suggest that life may have formed in the deep oceans of other celestial bodies in our solar system as well.
  • These are a lot like cell membranes, only they don't contain any of the complicated machinery that real, living cells do.
    • Researchers recently demonstrated that these vesicles form frequently in environments similar to the hydrothermal vents of early Earth.
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    Who is a non-human person?

    An orangutan has settled into a Florida home after a court granted her personhood rights. But what is the basis for personhood?

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    • An orangutan named Sandra was granted non-human personhood rights in 2015 and has been moved from the Buenos Aires Zoo to a home in Florida.
    • Legal personhood is not synonymous with human being. A "non-human person" refers to an entity that possesses some rights for limited legal purposes.
    • Sentience might be the characteristic necessary for granting legal rights to non-human species.
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    Youth brain: How does your office view aging?

    Getting older — see: looking older — is not ideal in the workplace culture of youthfulness.

    • Professional biohacker Dave Asprey says the healthier you are, the better you're paid at work. So taking care of yourself doesn't just serve the ego, it can also provide for your family.
    • This can differ between men and women, however, as the latter face age discrimination more heavily.
    • Taking measures to benefit the health of your mind and body can get you ahead in the workplace culture of youthfulness.
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    Flu season is here. Researchers may have discovered a cure.

    Ferrets are not humans, but this new drug is showing promise.

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    • Researchers at Georgia State University and Emory University tweaked an old drug and found great results.
    • None of the ferrets given EIDD-2801 twelve hours after infection developed the flu.
    • Those given the drug a day later developed less severe symptoms than the control group or those receiving Tamiflu.
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    Study claims to identify the homeland of all modern humans

    A DNA study looks for the home of the earliest modern humans.

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    • A DNA study traces the homeland of modern humans to the Makgadikgadi-Okavango wetland.
    • The area is shared by the modern-day countries of Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
    • The researchers drew conclusions from the mitochondrial DNA of humans living in that area today, but some scientists question their methodology.
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