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Two Clues to the Origin of Life

November 17, 2017

Two big CLUES to how life began on Earth.

1. There had to be continual energy.

Because of the energetic continuity requirement – which follows from the Darwinian evolutionary continuity principle (see Lahav (1999); Wolf and Koonin
(2007) and references therein) – the energy flows that deserve attention in evolu-
tionary context are those that remain constant on the evolutionary relevant, geolog-
ical timescale. This consideration essentially discounts the evolutionary importance of occasional energy inputs from impact bombardment, atmospheric electric
discharges, shock waves, volcanic explosions, and so on. It is also unlikely that life could notably depend on the chemical compounds that were produced or delivered during such occasional events. It seems implausible that the first life
forms could wait from one occasional event (e.g., volcanic explosion) to another to get energy and nourishment. There are no known organisms that obligatorily depend on such irregular sources of energy and matter.

2. Bases and UV.

The exclusive feature of natural
nucleobases is their unique photostability (Cadet and Vigny 1990). Since this trait is not related to the storage of genetic information, several authors (Skulachev 1969; Sagan 1973; Cadet and Vigny 1990) have noted that this property could have
been of some use when the UV flux at the surface of primordial Earth – owing to the absence of the ozone layer – was much stronger than it is now. Nucleobases apparently can absorb excess energy quanta from sugar-phosphate moieties and protect them from photo-dissociation (Goossen and Kloosterboer 1978). This feature explains why the UV damage to the backbones even of modern RNA and DNA molecules is 103–104 times less frequent than the destruction of nucleobases proper (Cadet and Vigny 1990). Under the assumption that the unique photostability of nucleobases could hardly be incidental, we have argued that
natural nucleotides should have been selected within the reach of solar light and that nucleobases may have protected the first RNA-like polymers from photo- dissociation (Mulkidjanian et al. 2003).

Both quotes from Mulkidhanian papers.

My suggestion is that life is the most stable chemical system under daily UV radiation. The problem with most origin of life scenarios is that there is nothing forcing the change except fate or fluke events. That problem is solved when the origin of live is a response to a daily cycle of UV. Then chemical systems have to change and adopt or they are destroyed.

Which is more probable, a one time pop up of 5 or so linked chemical steps that each have to occur in the proper order in a hostile environment that they are not protected in and that would quickly destroy each step, OR a chemical selection over millions of years of UV radiation?

My paper:
http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/U/UV_origin_of_life.html

For everything else see the website
tomhendricks.us

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Musea Quiz 10/17

October 24, 2017

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

I say Earthlings have landed on Mars. You say no.
When I tell you why I know that it is true, you will say … Yes Tom you are correct and I was wrong. Explain what is going on!

IS …
Bacteria are Earthlings just as much as you and me. Though NASA does everything it can to keep the outer space hardware sterile, I doubt they cover EVERY bacterial Earthling. So I say, recently, Earthlings have landed on Saturn – and in all likelihood when the spacecraft Cassini fell into Saturn 9/15/17, there were bacteria aboard and they went down with the ship!

I had no correct eligible answers. Seems you didn’t have a GERM of an idea on this one. I don’t dumb down so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of any of my 9 CDs, or copy of one of my artworks IF you are the first to …

E-MAIL ME AT THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ att.net(remove blanks of course) with the correct answer to the following art question .

DEDICATION: These contests are dedicated to my sister, Peggy, who answered more of the questions correctly than anyone else.

QUESTION;
What is this … ?

FINE PRINT: The CD prize is only available to those with mailing addresses in the US. Foreign winners will have to settle for the miniscule fame alone, and the satisfaction of a job well done. But don’t forget you can listen to all the music , read all my writings, and see all the art, whether you win or lose – and I’d be glad if you did!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier!

For all things TH, (music, art, writing, Musea, etc) see
tomhendricks.us

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

Book Baby

April 27, 2017

Book Baby Storefront is another online store for all my books. Each of my book titles is listed separately.

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Cendrillon

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Downtown-With-The-Book-of-Renown

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Library-Planet

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Portraits

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Ten-Short-and-Short-Short-Plays

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Writings-In-Science

Here are four covers.

Musea #200 The PEOPLE Issue – all 100 pages

January 27, 2017

For those who did not get one of the few copies by mail, here is the entire 200th issue of Musea the PEOPLE issue on my website.

Many of you are in it and there are lots of gossip and celebrities – I name names such as all those listed in this teaser page.

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Reader, you will find all this inside and more:

Why did shock jock Russ Martin tie me to a chair with duct tape? Why did Frank Zappa call KNON while I was working there?
Which Musea cover was printed upside down?
Why was my $1,000,000 Collage at 500 X titled Janet Kutner Writes Daffy Reviews. Where was the best deep dish in Deep Ellum?
Why was the Inwood Theater gassed that night?
Why couldn’t the TV repairman hook Stanley Marcus up to cable? Did Musea find a photo of Cy Twombly developing his style on a blackboard? What was in that Musea Stand Gift Box every Christmas at the Inwood? What photo from Charlton Heston’s wife, did Musea run on one of our Covers? Is one of my zine friends perhaps the Best Painter around?
Why did Dallas Luxury Magazine run a full page picture of me? What were Inwood Box Office Concerts?
What did Drive in Movie Critic, Joe Bob Briggs say about Musea? What happened when H. L. Hunt wanted to buy a photograph of himself for $10? Why was I forced out of the Inwood Theater after working there for 24 years? What did Maximum Rock n Roll say about the AACA logo?
Where did the Esquire Theater’s Neon Painter’s Palette end up? Which unassuming Dallas writer/artist wrote the next Pascal’s, Pensees? How did Musea get in the center of a Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer feud. Who praised Mary Parker for sculptural reliefs from plumbing parts? Which 12 By 12 musician recently had a single of his, sell on Ebay for $887.77? What was Joe Christ like in person?
What musicians recorded a song of mine, then went on to national fame as a trio. What does Musea know about Slack?
When does the Midnight Movie start?
Why did my fellow workers ask David Byrne for his autograph for me? Which music engineer did I work with that had a Gold Record on her office wall? What happened when a stage hand moved Ray Charles mike?
Was Morgan Fairchild beautiful and friendly in person?
Who seemed to need more approval, Joseph Heller, or Nora Ephron? What guitar accessory does Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Hunkasaurus have in common? What did Mickey Rooney say to me as he passed by at NorthPark?
Who are the five, Frida and Diego type couples, where both partners are fine artists? Did Musea find a photograph of Cinderella?
Why did I go to Freddie King’s house?
Who stole my zines at the first Art Revolution Festival – I really want to know! Who was Sweater Vest, The Crazy Nurse, or the Popcorn Lady?
Why won’t Willie Nelson’s lawyers let him hear my song, The Ballad of Willie Nelson? Why did the lawyers from Warner Brothers write me?
Why did I get a check from Greg Abbot for $13.88?
When was the last moment of modern art?
Which local guitar hero was sitting in my seat at the Paul McCartney concert? And finally; how did this 8 page Musea 200th issue turn into Tom’s Tome?

Musea #198 Downtown, Now on The Website

February 11, 2016

Dear Readers,

The Christmas, special issue of Musea that was the kid’s novel “Downtown With the Book of Renown”, is now on the Musea.us website – or rather a teaser of it is.

Check it out at: http://www.Musea.us
Thanks to Webmaster Matthew for this.


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