OoL digest — February 6 edition

This week we have 4 preprints and 13 new papers on the origin of life. Enjoy!


Absorption and Scattering of UV and Visible Light Through Simulated Martian Regoliths and Rock Samples – Godin et al. – Astrobiology

The CARMENES search for exoplanets around M dwarfs. Wolf 1069 b: Earth-mass planet in the habitable zone of a nearby, very low-mass star – Kossakowski et al. – Astronomy & Astrophysics

A deep-learning search for technosignatures from 820 nearby stars – Ma et al. – Nature Astronomy

From exo-Earths to exo-Venuses – Flux and Polarization Signatures of Reflected Light – Mahapatra et al. – preprint

Heterotrophic Growth Dominates in the Most Extremotolerant Extremophile Cultures – Matthews et al. – Astrobiology

Novel Chimeric Amino Acid-Fatty Alcohol Ester Amphiphiles Self-Assemble into Stable Primitive Membranes in Diverse Geological Settings – Namani et al. – Astrobiology


Creative destruction: New protein folds from old – Alvarez-Carreño et al. – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Ambient temperature CO2 fixation to pyruvate and subsequently to citramalate over iron and nickel nanoparticles – Beyazay et al. – Nature Communications

The elements of life: A biocentric tour of the periodic table – Remick et al. – preprint

Exploring the Lipid World Hypothesis: A Novel Scenario of Self-Sustained Darwinian Evolution of the Liposomes – Subbotin et al. – Astrobiology


Evolution of genome fragility enables microbial division of labor – Colizzi et al. – Molecular Systems Biology

A linear reciprocal relationship between robustness and plasticity in homeostatic biological networks – Hatakeyama et al. – PLOS ONE

Theoretical understanding of evolutionary dynamics on inhomogeneous networks – Teimouri et al. – preprint

Earth Sciences

Mineral weathering is linked to microbial priming in the critical zone – Fang et al. – Nature Communications

Organic carbon generation in 3.5-billion-year-old basalt-hosted seafloor hydrothermal vent systems – Rasmussen et al. – Science Advances

Information Theory

Information dynamics emerging from memory and adaptation in non-equilibrium sensing of living systems – Nicoletti et al. – preprint

Planetary Science

A New Definition of Exoplanet Habitability: Introducing the Photosynthetic Habitable Zone – Hall et al. – preprint