primordial soup


Definition of primordial soup

: a mixture of organic molecules in evolutionary theory from which life on earth originated

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Four billion years ago, the first molecular precursors to life emerged, swirling about in Earth’s primordial soup of chemicals. Quanta Magazine, "The End of the RNA World Is Near, Biochemists Argue," 19 Dec. 2017 The chemistry of the primordial soup, random mutations, geography, catastrophic events and countless other factors have contributed to the fine details of Earth’s diverse flora and fauna. Quanta Magazine, "A New Physics Theory of Life," 22 Jan. 2014 The cookbook for primordial soup hasn’t been written. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "This distant planet is one of the best places to search for alien life," 3 Aug. 2018 Since Elon Musk popularized the idea in the primordial soup of 2013, at least four companies have seized the maglev tube mantle, determined to deliver an actual whoosh. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "The 11 Hypiest Hyperloop Projects We've Been Promised So Far," 20 Apr. 2018 Like abiogenesis in the primordial soup, sometimes the conditions all have to align for a technology to become usable by the general public. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Here’s what Siri would have been like on MS-DOS in 1987," 13 Feb. 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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