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'Nature's Batteries' May Have Helped Power Early Lifeforms

Discussion in 'Physical & Life Sciences' started by pgp_protector, May 26, 2010.

  1. pgp_protector

    pgp_protector Noted strange person

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    Chesterton Whats So Funny bout Peace Love and Understanding

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    "It's a chicken and egg question," said Dr Terry Kee of the University of Leeds, who led the research. "Scientists are in disagreement over what came first -- replication, or metabolism. But there is a third part to the equation -- and that is energy"

    Take a two-pronged mystery and add a third mysterious prong - now we're really getting nowhere. Good job, science! :p
     
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    What is that supposed to mean?
     
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    pgp_protector Noted strange person

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    That they didn't read or understand the article ?
     
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    "Scientists are in disagreement over what came first -- replication, or metabolism. But there is a third part to the equation -- and that is energy."

    I bet he read it, he only commented on the first part though. It is a very remarkable article and the part about energy is very interesting. So maybe this is what he ment. The sarcastic part of his post though I sadly echo. I don't believe scientists can create life.
     
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    give it time.
     
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    I think he's making a wry parody of the Creationists who would jump on quotes like that and say "See! Sceince dont work!"
     
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    I think we replicated first, then acquired metabolism.

    Why not?
     
  9. Nabobalis

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    I would assume, that creating life is a god only task.
     
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    That is probably the idea. And then, when artificial life is a reality, they will say, well, making matter and physical law is a god-only task.
     
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    I wouldn't even give em Making Matter, as I've no doubt that we'll eventually find a way to convert Energy to Matter.
    We can already to it in the opposite direction, though it's not very safe.
     
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    We can go both ways, actually, though not on any large scale. Sadly, Star Trek replicators are still a way away...
     
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    SithDoughnut The Agnostic, Ignostic, Apatheistic Atheist

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    [wash my mouth][wash my mouth][wash my mouth] THAT'S NOT CREATING LIFE THEY HAVE TO SINTHE- sintha- ... make MAKE EVERY MOLECULE BY HAND NO TECH

    EDIT: lol, 'оmg' gets filtered