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20 Mar 2015

The crash of meteors on early Earth likely generated hydrogen cyanide, which could have kick-started the production of biomolecules needed to make the first cells.

The origin of life on Earth is a set of paradoxes. In order for life to have gotten started, there must have been a genetic molecule—something like DNA or RNA—capable of passing along blueprints for making proteins, the workhorse molecules of life. But modern cells can’t copy DNA and RNA without the help of proteins themselves. To make matters more vexing, none of these molecules can do their jobs without fatty lipids, which provide the membranes that cells need to hold their contents inside. And in yet another chicken-and-egg complication, protein-based...

29 Jul 2014

Boron Buckyball Structure Discovered

Nanotechnology was advanced massively after the discovery of the original Buckyball in 1985

Scientists working with different molecular structures of Boron have discovered a configuration that resembles the Buckminsterfullerene, often referred to as the Buckyball, a structure that has become extremely important in the development of nanotechnology. The new material is just as hollow as the Buckball and could also have important implications in the development of nanotech.

The research was carried out by scientists from Brown University, along with colleagues in Shanxi University and Tsinghua University in China. Their discovery could have a profound impact on the future of...