4-billion-year-old nitrogen-containing organic molecules discovered in Martian meteorites 

Scientists exploring Mars and analysing Martian meteorite samples have found organic compounds essential for life: nitrogen-bearing organics in a 4-billion-year-old Martian meteorite. With a new high-spatial resolution in-situ N-chemical speciation technique, they found organic materials — either synthesized locally or delivered during the Noachian — preserved intact in carbonate minerals over a long geological period. Their presence requires abiotic or biotic N-fixation and ammonia storage, suggesting early Mars had a less oxidizing environment than today.

Source: 4-billion-year-old nitrogen-containing organic molecules discovered in Martian meteorites — ScienceDaily

Alternet: on the question of social darwinism…

We have often discussed the way the theory of natural selection persists, but given the hidden fascist range of thought and its relation to class, economy and ideology clearly one aspect is just this rightwing core of the capitalist social darwinist distortion. And Ayn Rand’s popularity shows another aspect.

Among a host of issues is the fact that social darwinism does, could or would be reverse selectionism and the way that ‘evolution’ in this form eliminates the higher potential of a given population. Social darwinism tends to appeal to the less intelligent…

Trump’s Nazification of the GOP is why there’s serious discussion of killing off the ‘unfit’ President Donald J. Trump arrives in the House chamber and is greeted by members of Congress prior to de…

Source: from Alternet: Trump’s Nazification of the GOP is why there’s serious discussion of killing off the ‘unfit’ – 1848+: The End(s) of History