Sunday, September 24, 2023

Lightning strikes a chord as origin-of-life debate gets superheated

Researchers said today that lightning strikes billions of years ago may have freed up phosphorus required for the formation of biomolecules essential to life. A bolt of lightning can create glassy rocks called fulgurites by superheating and sometimes vaporizing surface rock, freeing phosphorus locked inside, Reuters reports.

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