Did Life’s First Cells Evolve in Geothermal Pools?

Source: Scientific American Earth started as a violent place, its surface churned by continuous volcanic eruptions and cloaked in an atmosphere that would have been poisonous to today’s life-forms. Furthermore, the thin primeval atmosphere may have provided only scant protection from the young sun’s harsh ultraviolet glare. Given these inhospitable conditions, […]


The NewYork Times: by Jennifer Schuessler — The Syllable Everyone Recognizes Are there words that are universally understood, across all countries and cultures? A team of linguists has proposed one: “huh.” Huh? In a paper published on Friday in the journal PLOS One, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for […]