Reasons to Believe

Prebiotic Chemistry

  • A Fork in the Road, Part 1 of 2

    No Good Options for the Origin of Life

    The hall-of-fame catcher Yogi Berra is reputed to have said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Origin-of-life researchers have been … more

  • Ask Not For Whom the Bell Tolls

    Reflections on Stanley Miller's Death and Life

    Chemist Stanley L. Miller died in late May (March 7, 1930-May 20, 2007).

    Even if you don't recognize the name, you are probably familiar with his … more

  • Natural Sugar Synthesis?

    Compulsory features for the replicating molecules of life (DNA and RNA) include five-carbon sugars, namely deoxyribose for DNA and ribose for RNA. These sugars form the backbone of DNA and RNA. … more

  • Biology Textbooks Get It Wrong on Life’s Origin

    If you don’t recognize the name, you are probably familiar with his famous experiment. Virtually every high school biology text describes the work Miller performed in the early 1950s. He filled … more

  • Search for Reservoirs of the Building Blocks of Life

    Even the simplest life-form is orders of magnitude more complicated than anything on display at Legoland. Nevertheless, like the Legoland structures, life molecules are assemblages of a relatively … more

  • Why We Need to Return to the Moon

    The Apollo missions were more than just television spectaculars, however. The Apollo program helped us solve the mystery of the moon’s origin and helped establish how amazingly designed the moon … more

  • UV Radiation Destroys Amino Acids

    TNRTB Archive - Retained for reference information

    Discovery of the rapid destruction of amino acids in astronomical environments continues to highlight problems in naturalistic models of … more

  • Water, Water, Everywhere…

    Without water life is impossible. Without "drinkable" (liquid) water, life is still impossible. The problem with water in the universe is perhaps best depicted in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic … more

  • Do Humans and Chimps Belong In The Same Genus?

    A recent scientific study created a stir by asserting that humans and chimpanzees belong to the same genus.1 Morris Goodman, an evolutionary biologist from Wayne State University, and his research … more

  • Carbon Monoxide Kills Hopes for Primordial Soup

    Carbon monoxide (CO), a toxic gas that quickly causes death, is the ironic focus of a recent attempt by some researchers to resuscitate ailing naturalistic explanations for life’s origin. … more

  • Biotic Borders: Cell Membranes Under Scrutiny

    Although the Piscataqua River forms a natural boundary between Maine and New Hampshire, these two states have disputed the exact location of their border for the last 260 years. Maine contends that … more

  • Sea Vents Closed as Life-Origin Site

    A mile and a half down, beyond the reach of sunlight, volcanic geysers spew 400°C water into the oceans. Life teems around these deep, hidden vents—pink sea cucumbers, eyeless shrimp, … more

  • Interstellar Rocks Miss the Mark

    by Roger Wiens

    Where, when, and how did life originate? Answers to these questions prove more elusive than ever to the science community—specifically to those who demand a naturalistic answer. … more

  • Astrology: Help, Hoax, or Harm?

    How can I make such a strong statement? Consider the following points: Astrology

    bases horoscopes on the moment of birth, not the moment of conception when, in fact, one's genetic characteristics … more

  • Mars: Evidence for E.T. or Confirmation of Design?

    A review of the data by Dr. Hugh Ross

    Interest in the highly publicized Martian meteorite, ALH84001, still runs high. Ordinarily I would be thrilled to see science news make headlines for months on … more