Building blocks of life’s first self-replicator recreated in lab | New Scientist

New Scientist has an article announcing that a team of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich has found a plausible way to generate the two purine nucleosides, adenosine and guanosine – A and G in the genetic code. This is a big step to explaining how RNA may have formed spontaneously on the primordial Earth.

RNA molecules are thought to be some of the earliest self-replicators that led to life. Now their building blocks have been made to self-assemble in a lab

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Why creationists are out of time with history and science

An interesting piece in The Guardian by Dr. David Hone, about why creationists are out of time with history and science. It explores one example of the dishonesty that creationists are forced to employ in order to make creation “fit” with their view of reality: a world created by God.

Creationists fail to appreciate the history of science as well as science itself

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“The Faith of Christopher Hitchens” …In Which I Read Snake Oil

An excellent article by Dan Wall, over on northierthanthou, about Christian apologists making up rumours about Christopher Hitchens maybe having a deathbed conversion. We’ve been hearing about this since Charles Darwin supposedly had one. Anyway, over to Dan.

I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t the fate of prominent atheists to end up with Christian apologists for spokesmen. Okay, I don’t literally believe in fate (either), but let̵…

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Book review: “A Universe from Nothing”

A Universe from Nothing” by Lawrence M. Krauss had been on my list of books to read for some time but for some reason I didn’t get around to reading it until recently, which is something I now dearly regret. It is not often that reading a book will change the way you view the universe. This one does.

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