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New evidence suggests life on Earth started in shallow ponds, not deep oceans

A new study gives more evidence that life got started in shallow ponds, not the deep ...

Evolution is the generally-accepted explanation for how life on Earth became so complex, but there's one thing it can't explain – how life emerged from non-living matter in the first place. The prevailing hypothesis is that life got started in the ocean, where hydrothermal vents provided just the right chemical reactions. But a new MIT study has found that ancient oceans probably didn't have enough nitrogen – but shallow ponds might have.

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“Snowball chamber” would detect dark matter using supercooled water

Supercooled water could be used as a new type of dark matter detector

Although dark matter makes up roughly 85 percent of all matter, it's still never been directly detected. Ever more sensitive systems are in the works, watching and waiting for wandering dark matter particles to interact with them, and now researchers from the State University of New York at Albany have developed a new dark matter detector using supercooled water.

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Meet the Birdcage Boxer, featuring a titanium lattice frame and a mystery BMW motor

Like a skeletal ghost bike, Revival's Birdcage is built around a mystery motor that heralds a ...

Two wheels, a seat, a big ol' motor and the absolute bare minimum of other stuff supporting them. The Birdcage uses 134 9mm titanium rods to create a surreal see-through lattice frame on one of the most spectacular custom BMWs we've seen to date - and the motor presents a bit of a mystery.

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Volkswagen previews its large electric SUV for 2021 with I.D. Roomzz concept

A tidy appearance for a concept car that's slated to be modified for production in 2021

Volkswagen has provided a hint at its upcoming big electric SUV with the public debut of the I.D. Roomzz concept in Shanghai. The forerunner of a production car due in 2021, the vehicle has some nice concept touches, including remarkable double sliding doors either side and a disappearing dash.

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