Recent data sent back to us by the Cassini space probe as it samples the geyser water being shot into
Nick Lane’s book, “The Vital Question”,tackles some of the toughest questions in biology today, such as the how, and in what environments, life originated, how the complex eukaryotic cell evolved, how the cellular mechanisms to generate energy echo back to the days before biology, and why sexual reproduction is the way it is based constraints placed on us by our energy generating systems -the mitochondria.
If Professor Jeremy England is right, then far from The Second Law of Thermodynamics being a repressor of complexity, it may more accurately be described as an engine of the spontaneous production of organization, complex systems, and life itself.
Carl Sagan Day is November 14th 2015. Carl helped instill a love of science and learning in me and gave me my first lesson in scientific skepticism.
To paraphrase Jane Austin, when referring to the RNA that lays hidden at the core of many of our most rudimentary metabolic processes, which may have served a grander role in a far distant past, and which now has relinquished it’s primary role for one of a more modest, behind the scenes assistant, “The sweetest and best of all molecules, faultless in spite of all her faults”.
Part II: How can we envision solutions to the challenges for life on Titan? By Rich Feldenberg Definitions: Non-Polar Liquid
In Part I of this article we’ll look at the major difficulties that a life form on Titan would have to face and overcome in order to exist and survive.