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The Prospects for Habitable Worlds

Raymond L. Neubauer

in Evolution and the Emergent Self: The Rise of Complexity and Behavioral Versatility in Nature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231150705
eISBN:
9780231521680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231150705.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter focuses on the prevalence of habitable worlds where life might begin its evolutionary journey. Research in the last two decades suggests that planets around stars other than the sun may ... More


The Origin of Life

Raymond L. Neubauer

in Evolution and the Emergent Self: The Rise of Complexity and Behavioral Versatility in Nature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231150705
eISBN:
9780231521680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231150705.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter explores the origin of life by focusing on at least three sources for molecules that could be precursors to life: chemical processes in interstellar space and at hydrothermal vents, and ... More


Cosmic Rays and Galactic Ecology

Karel Schrijiver and Iris Schrijiver

in Living with the Stars: How the Human Body is Connected to the Life Cycles of the Earth, the Planets, and the Stars

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198727439
eISBN:
9780191793615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727439.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter traces the history of cosmic rays before they collide with the Earth to create radioactive atoms that reside within the human body. These cosmic rays contain ordinary matter that is ... More


Cosmic Archaeology

John Chambers and Jacqueline Mitton

in From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175706
eISBN:
9781400885565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175706.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the process of how the solar system had to take form from the near nothingness of interstellar space. Scientists pondering the history of the solar system are much like ... More


Why Think Up New Molecules?

Roald Hoffmann

in Roald Hoffmann on the Philosophy, Art, and Science of Chemistry

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199755905
eISBN:
9780197563069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199755905.003.0014
Subject:
Chemistry, History of Chemistry

Some theoreticians in chemistry, myself included, like to think about molecules that do not (yet) exist. I use the simple word “think” advisedly, for the design need not use fancy-schmancy ... More


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