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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10(4), 1419-1429; doi:10.3390/ijms10041419
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Molecules, Water, and Radiant Energy: New Clues for the Origin of Life

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Received: 13 March 2009 / Accepted: 26 March 2009 / Published: 27 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Origin of Life)
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Abstract

We here examine the putative first step in the origin of life: the coalescence of dispersed molecules into a more condensed, organized state. Fresh evidence implies that the driving energy for this coalescence may come in a manner more direct than previously thought. The sun’s radiant energy separates charge in water, and this free charge demonstrably induces condensation. This condensation mechanism puts water as a central protagonist in life rather than as an incidental participant, and thereby helps explain why life requires water.
Keywords: Colloids; radiant energy; exclusion zones; gels; origin; life; water; unstirred-layer.11 Colloids; radiant energy; exclusion zones; gels; origin; life; water; unstirred-layer.11
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Pollack, G.H.; Figueroa, X.; Zhao, Q. Molecules, Water, and Radiant Energy: New Clues for the Origin of Life. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10, 1419-1429.

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