Could the ‘Tape of Evolution’ Run Again on Alien Worlds?

Human Exoplanet Migration

 

“Modern metabolism has a precursor, a template, that was non-biological,” says biochemist Greg Springsteen at Furman University.

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Ancient Microbes May Help Find Alien Life Forms (Planet Earth Report/Weekend)

NASA Earth from Space

 

Today’s stories range from Microbial Dark Matter – Thousands of Unknown Bacterial Species Discovered in Hawaiian Lava Caves to Scientists Uncover the Largest Asteroid Crater on Earth under 100,000 years old to China Plans to Turn the Moon into an Outpost for Defending Us from Asteroids, and much more.

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Rethinking Evolution: Extinct Creatures Unlike Any Living Today

Life in the Ediacaran Sea

 

“During the Ediacaran, there seem to have been major changes in the Earth’s oceans, which may have triggered growth, so that life on Earth suddenly starts getting much bigger,” said paleobiologist Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill at the University of Essex referring to ocean dwellers, rangeomorphs, that lived during the Ediacaran period, between 635 and 541 million years ago. Their soft bodies were made up of branches, each with many smaller side branches, forming a geometric shape known as a fractal, which can be seen today in things like lungs, ferns and snowflake.

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Mystery Of What Triggered the Last Ice Age to Can We Truly Know We’re Awake? (Planet Earth Report)

Earth from Space

 

Today’s stories range from As the Large Hadron Collider Revs Up, Physicists’ Hopes Soar to Four Things Physicists Still Wonder about the Higgs Boson, and much more.

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Why the US Navy is Listening to Shrimp to Google has Not Created Sentient AI — Yet (Planet Earth Report)

 

NASA Earth from Space

 

Today’s stories range from What ‘Happy the Elephant’s’ Legal Case Tells Us About the Future of Animal Rights to A Gull Flaps Its Wings and a Deadly Virus Explodes to Cryptocurrency and the “Greater Fool” Theory to Elon Musk on Alien Life, and much more.

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Our Sun Could Reveal Alien Earths to Quantum Telescopes (Planet Earth Report)

 

NASA Earth from Space

 

Today’s stories range from How Mammals Conquered the World after the Asteroid Apocalypse to New Type of Magnetic Wave Discovered Sweeping Across Earth’s Outer Core, and much more. The Planet Earth Report provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of Planet Earth and the future of the human species.

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