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Stories by Brendan Borrell

Evolution

Hey, hey, we're the monkeylike primates! The missing link that ignited a media backlash

On the day after the festivities at the American Museum of Natural History, the star of the show—a 47-million-year-old primate fossil named Ida—is intact, but science is still recuperating from the massive media hangover.  Jørn Hurum, the University of Oslo paleontologist who orchestrated the hubbub about the monkey–lemur intermediary, wasn’t coy about his intentions...

May 20, 2009 — Brendan Borrell
The Sciences

Life began in a flash; Science takes four billion years to catch up

This week's issue of Nature features a welcome discovery for those of us enthralled, mystified and frustrated by the study of the origins of life. 

John Sutherland, a chemist at the University of Manchester, and his colleagues claim to have figured out how ribose, phosphate and the nitrogenous (nitrogen-bearing) molecules known as nucleobases first came together to form nucleotides—the building blocks of the RNA world from which life is thought to have emerged...

May 14, 2009 — Brendan Borrell
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