OoL digest — March 14th edition

This week we have 5 preprints and 13 new papers on the origin of life. Enjoy!


Assessment of Microbial Habitability Across Solar System Targets – Atri et al. – preprint

Planetary Terrestrial Analogues Library Project: 3. Characterization of Samples With MicrOmega – Loizeau et al. – Astrobiology

Possible Ribose Synthesis in Carbonaceous Planetesimals – Paschek et al. – Life


A major asymmetric ice trap in a planet-forming disk - III. First detection of dimethyl ether – Brunken et al. – Astronomy & Astrophysics

Follow the Water: Finding Water, Snow and Clouds on Terrestrial Exoplanets with Photometry and Machine Learning – Pham et al. – preprint


RNA auto-polymerisation from 2’,3’-cyclic nucleotides at air-water interfaces – Dass et al. – preprint

Adaptation and Exaptation: From Small Molecules to Feathers – Frenkel-Pinter et al. – Journal of Molecular Evolution

Sequencing the origins of life – Jia et al. – BBA Advances


De novo evolution of macroscopic multicellularity – Bozdag et al. – preprint

Networks behind the morphology and structural design of living systems – Gosak et al. – Physics of Life Reviews

Evolution of plasticity: metabolic compensation for fluctuating energy demands at the origin of life – Seebacher et al. – Journal of Experimental Biology


Irreversibility and Biased Ensembles in Active Matter: Insights from Stochastic Thermodynamics – Fodor et al. – Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics

Heat Fluctuations in Chemically Active Systems – Mabillard et al. – preprint


Aqueous electrochemistry: The toolbox for life’s emergence from redox disequilibria – Nitschke et al. – Electrochemical Science Advances

Planetary Science

Earth’s Great Oxidation Event facilitated by the rise of sedimentary phosphorus recycling – Alcott et al. – Nature Geoscience

Oxidative metabolisms catalyzed Earth’s oxygenation – Shang et al. – Nature Communications

A Model Earth-sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of alpha Centauri A/B – Wang et al. – The Astrophysical Journal

Global biosphere primary productivity changes during the past eight glacial cycles – Yang et al. – Science

Alexandre Champagne‑Ruel
Alexandre Champagne‑Ruel
PhD Candidate - Astrophysics

My research interests include statistical physics, complex systems and major evolutionary transitions.