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Life’s Frankenstein beginnings

January 22, 2020

New evidence shows the first building blocks of life on Earth may have been messier than previously thought

 

By Caitlin McDermott-Murphy

 

When the Earth was born, it was a mess. Lightning storms and meteors likely bombarded the planet’s surface, a barren wasteland with little but chemicals present. How life formed amid such chaos is a mystery billions of years old. Now, a new study offers evidence that the first building blocks may have matched their environment, evolving in a less orderly way than...

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Drug dust

November 12, 2019

New technology could help law enforcement detect smaller amounts of fentanyl with a higher degree of accuracy than any other field-testing tool... Read more about Drug dust