Origin of life insight: Peptides can form without amino acids 

Peptides, one of the fundamental building blocks of life, can be formed from the primitive precursors of amino acids under conditions similar to those expected on the primordial Earth, finds a new study.

Source: Origin of life insight: Peptides can form without amino acids — ScienceDaily

Coffee! Politicians and the origin of life | Uncommon Descent

Philip Cunningham’s vid on calculations of a single protein forming by chance was picked up recently:Origin: Probability of a Single Protein Forming by Chance:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1_KEVaCyaA&feature=youtu.be “For a protein made from scratch in a prebiotic soup, the odds

Source: Coffee! Politicians and the origin of life | Uncommon Descent

Why deep oceans gave life to the first big, complex organisms — ScienceDaily

Why did the first big, complex organisms spring to life in deep, dark oceans where food was scarce? A new study finds great depths provided a stable, life-sustaining refuge from wild temperature swings in the shallows.

Source: Why deep oceans gave life to the first big, complex organisms — ScienceDaily