Physics Powers the Origin of Life

Gamma Ray Burst


“We are irradiated all the time by cosmic rays,” says astrophysicist  Noémie Globus, currently a post-doctoral researcher at New York University and the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute. “Their effects are small but constant in every place on the planet where life could evolve, and the magnetic polarization of the muons and electrons is always the same. And even on other planets, cosmic rays would have the same effects.”