OoL digest — June 26 edition

This week we have 34 new papers and 1 book on the origin of life. Enjoy!


A Venus in the Making? Predictions for JWST Observations of the Ultracool M-Dwarf planet LP 890-9 c
Barrientos et al. – preprint

Formation of the Methyl Cation by Photochemistry in a Protoplanetary Disk
Berné et al. – Nature

Combining multi-spectral data with statistical and deep-learning models for improved exoplanet detection in direct imaging at high contrast
Flasseur et al. – preprint

Generation of high circular polarization of interstellar Lyman $\alpha$ radiation triggering biological homochirality
Fukushima et al. – preprint

Worlds without end: exoplanets, habitability, and the future of humanity
Impey – MIT Press

Scattering Transparency of Clouds in Exoplanet Transit Spectra
Jaiswal et al. – preprint

Specular reflections from artificial surfaces as Technosignature
Jaiswal – preprint

Hot Earth or Young Venus? A nearby transiting rocky planet mystery
Kaltenegger et al. – Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters

RoSETZ: Roman Survey of the Earth Transit Zone – a SETI-optimized survey for habitable-zone exoplanets
Kerins et al. – preprint

A Birth-Death-Migration Model for Life in Astrophysical Environments
Lingam et al. – Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

To Find Life in the Universe, Find the Computation
Scharf – Scientific American

High-throughput Quantum Chemistry: Empowering the Search for Molecular Candidates behind Unknown Spectral Signatures in Exoplanetary Atmospheres
Trujillo et al. – preprint

JWST’s Hunt for Habitable Exoplanets Finds Disappointment, Again
Witze – Scientific American

Life in the cosmos: JWST hints at lower number of habitable planets
Witze – Nature

No thick carbon dioxide atmosphere on the rocky exoplanet TRAPPIST-1 c
Zieba et al. – Nature


Protein evolvability under rewired genetic codes
Rozhonova et al. – preprint


The principle underlying all evolution, biological, geophysical, social and technological
Bejan – Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

How a radical redefinition of life could help us find aliens
Lewton – New Scientist

A unified science of matter, life and evolution
Poudel – Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A

A grand unified theory for the unification of physics, life, information and cognition (mind)
Swenson – Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

Toward a universal theory of stable evolution
Ván – Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

Dating the bacterial tree of life with ancient symbiosis
Wang et al. – preprint


Chemoselective Esterification of Natural and Prebiotic 1,2-Amino Alcohol Amphiphiles in Water
Bhattacharya et al. – preprint

Bridging the Gap Between Primitive and Modern Phase Separation
Cannelli et al. – preprint

Prebiotic Syntheses of Noncanonical Nucleosides and Nucleotides
Fialho et al. – Chemical Reviews

Minimal RNA self-reproduction discovered from a random pool of oligomers
Mizuuchi et al. – Chemical Science

An assessment of stoichiometric autocatalysis across element groups
Peng et al. – preprint

Base-pairing of uracil and 2,6-diaminopurine: from cocrystals to photoreactivity
Stolar et al. – preprint


Sciama’s argument on life in a random universe and distinguishing apples from oranges
Wang et al. – Nature Astronomy

Planetary sciences

Exoplanet Interior Retrievals: core masses and metallicities from atmospheric abundances
Bloot et al. – preprint

Higher Water Loss on Earth-like Exoplanets in Eccentric Orbits
Liu et al. – Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Rocky planet or water world? Observability of low-density lava world atmospheres
Piette et al. – preprint

Planetesimal formation at the gas pressure bump following a migrating planet II. Effects of dust growth
Shibaike et al. – preprint

Chemical and Isotopic Composition Measurements on Atmospheric Probes Exploring Uranus and Neptune
Vorburger et al. – Space Science Reviews

Synthetic biology

Spontaneous Formation of Uniform Cell-Sized Microgels through Water/Water Phase Separation
Shono et al. – Small