New experiment reveals how ultrafast conversion of urea progresses – key to life’s origins found

Ludger Inhester, DESY

How did life begin on Earth? Specialists have long been fascinated by this question and have come up with various theories over the years. One hypothesis is that life originated in warm small ponds that are thought to have existed on Earth four billion years ago. The water in these ponds probably contained urea molecules; … Read more

Research reveals how genetics interact with social forces and the environment

Research reveals how genetics interact with social forces and the environment

Humans are a diverse species. Every person on Earth has enough DNA to reach Pluto three times. Studying how all this genetic material works, and in particular how genes influence human behavior, is a very complex endeavor, aided by the introduction of large genetic data banks and powerful data science analytical tools to analyze this … Read more

Beyond the Helix: Complex folding of DNA reveals new functions

The DNA structure of lettuce

Illustration showing the structure of lettuce, DNA that binds and activates fluorophores derived from green fluorescent protein. Credit: Luiz FM Passalacqua In a groundbreaking study, researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.[{” attribute=””>National Institutes of Health, found that DNA can emulate the functions of proteins by forming intricate, three-dimensional … Read more

Cognitive implications: Study reveals surprising link between climate change and shrinking human brain size

Cognitive implications: Study reveals surprising link between climate change and shrinking human brain size

A recent study by cognitive scientist Jeff Morgan Stibel of the Natural History Museum in California found a surprising link between climate change and the decline in human brain size. By analyzing climate records and human remains spanning 50,000 years, Stibel’s research reveals how humans evolve and adapt in response to environmental stress, according to … Read more