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ASU researchers propose new way to look at the dawn of life

ASU researchers propose new way to look at the dawn of life | Living | Scoop.it
One of the great mysteries of life is how it began. What physical process transformed a nonliving mix of chemicals into something as complex as a living cell?

For more than a century, scientists have struggled to reconstruct the key first steps on the road to life. Until recently, their focus has been trained on how the simple building blocks of life might have been synthesized on the early Earth, or perhaps in space. But because it happened so long ago, all chemical traces have long been obliterated, leaving plenty of scope for speculation and disagreement.

Now, a novel approach to the question of life's origin, proposed by two Arizona State University scientists, attempts to dramatically redefine the problem. The researchers - Paul Davies, an ASU Regents' Professor and director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, and Sara Walker, a NASA post-doctoral fellow at the Beyond Center - published their theory in the current issue of the Royal Society journal Interface. Their article is titled "The algorithmic origins of life."

In a nutshell, the authors shift attention from the "hardware" - the chemical basis of life - to the "software" - its information content. To use a computer analogy, chemistry explains the material substance of the machine, but it won't function without a program and data. Davies and Walker suggest that the crucial distinction between non-life and life is the way that living organisms manage the information flowing through the system.
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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Race Car to Hit the Le Mans Track in 2013

When thinking about a fuel cell car, you might envisage an SUV, a sedan or perhaps a quirky city c...
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Inspiration Of Motherhood

Inspiration Of Motherhood | Living | Scoop.it
  By Josh RichmanContra Costa Times Posted:   04/23/2012   Political Blotter: Stark jabs at Romney with bill for welfare moms This is a sampling from Bay Area News Group’s Political Blotte...
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Inspirational Women Of The Day

Inspirational Women Of The Day | Living | Scoop.it
Lisa Allardice The Guardian March 7.2011 Article History Doris Lessing Nobel prize-winning novelist, celebrated for writing a pioneeringwork of female emancipation  ...
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Local Inspiration

Local Inspiration | Living | Scoop.it
Teri Huyck WOMEN AND HEALTH Health care is a basic human right There has been a lot in the news lately about women’s health care services and Planned Parenthood. As the chief executive for Wi...
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Confirmed: He Who Sits the Most Dies the Soonest

Confirmed: He Who Sits the Most Dies the Soonest | Living | Scoop.it
Another study shows that sitting is really, really, really bad for your health. Please, just get a standup desk!
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Learning To Flex Your Leadership Muscles

Learning To Flex Your Leadership Muscles | Living | Scoop.it
You flex your management muscle all the time. You are constantly pushing your team and making sure that everyone is focused on the right priorities, that deadlines are hit, and that together your group is functioning like a well-oiled machine.
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Sweating to our health: An active lifestyle plays a huge role in trimming our ... - Anniston Star

Sweating to our health: An active lifestyle plays a huge role in trimming our ... - Anniston Star | Living | Scoop.it
Sweating to our health: An active lifestyle plays a huge role in trimming our ...Anniston StarNext weekend provides more proof: The annual bicycle races return to downtown Anniston, Piedmont and Mount Cheaha, each spreading a visual message that...
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Has skin whitening in India gone too far?

Has skin whitening in India gone too far? | Living | Scoop.it
A shower gel for women has gone on sale in India which claims to lighten skin colour in the genital area - and some pundits are not pleased.
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Dentist Anna Mackowiak pulled out ALL boyfriend Marek Olszewski 's teeth after he dumped her

Dentist Anna Mackowiak pulled out ALL boyfriend Marek Olszewski 's teeth after he dumped her | Living | Scoop.it
Anna Mackowiak is facing jail after taking her revenge on Marek Olszewski (not pictured), 45, when he turned up at her surgery in Wroclaw, Poland, with toothache just after breaking up with her.
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Beta-glucan ingredient may benefit cold and flu symptoms

Beta-glucan ingredient may benefit cold and flu symptoms | Living | Scoop.it
Daily supplements of the beta-glucan based ingredient Wellmune WGP may reduce the number of days suffering from cold and flu symptoms, says a new study from the UK.
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UPDATE: Leaving Unhealthy Behind – Week 4

UPDATE: Leaving Unhealthy Behind – Week 4 | Living | Scoop.it
The Taste Of Healthy It has been 4 weeks since we began the “Leaving Unhealthy Behind Challenge“. For those of you that are unaware, this is the first time in my life that I have ever w...
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MOTHER

MOTHER | Living | Scoop.it
by Varungenius Inside a secure shell, Away from manly hell, She protected me from teary rain, Giving me breaths, taking my pain; Breathing same air, hearing same sound, Connected by blood lines, to...
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Effort = Results

Effort = Results | Living | Scoop.it
Walking The Walk As I was on my way home from work yesterday, I heard two people talking about a particular exercise DVD. This is how the conversation went: Person 1: I tried that new DVD you recom...
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LIFE AS A HUMAN – Heidegger, Gumbo and the Meaning of Life

LIFE AS A HUMAN – Heidegger, Gumbo and the Meaning of Life | Living | Scoop.it
How the film Being in the World can teach us how to live.
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Healthy Lifestyle Advice, News and Community - HuffPost Healthy Living

Healthy Lifestyle Advice, News and Community - HuffPost Healthy Living | Living | Scoop.it
Learn what it takes to have a healthy mind, body and spirit from health experts or join the discussion on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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Living with PTSD - Capital Flyer

Living with PTSD - Capital Flyer | Living | Scoop.it
Living with PTSDCapital FlyerThe breaking point came one night when he and his wife were arguing and he wondered what the point of living was.
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