Origins of Life

HydrocarbonPoolsStevenHobbsHulu, which I understand is not available to the whole world (apologies), has a great video by Gerald Calderon.  It's quite possibly the best explanation of the origin of life ever presented on film.  The art direction, the narration, the whole 40 minute production really sums up the scientific record, and is full of win.

15 billion years ago the Universe just suddenly was. 5 billion years ago, the Earth and Sun formed a healthy bond.  Then things started getting interesting.  Single celled organisms, coral, and amazing advancements though the millenia are represented here.  600 million years ago was when transfer of genes through sex became the new fad, and diversity took over.  400 million years ago, life started flourishing on dry land.

This is seriously some of the best underwater footage we've ever seen.  Highly recommended if you've ever wanted to see an octopus eat a same-sized crab.

Link, again apologies if you can't see this. :( | Image by Steven Hobbs


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Why post something which is only available to specific readers?

Posting a video which requires a subscription wouldn't work for Neatorama. So why post something from Hulu, where a paid subscription isn't even possible?
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"raise the roof for steady state theory."

I certainly hope you're joking.

There are plenty of physicists debating what, if anything, was here before the big bang, what banged, and so on. None of them can be considered steady-state. That debate was settled long ago.
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"Hulu, which I understand is not available to the whole world"

According to Hulu, the only part of the world where it is visible is the US. So yes, the whole world can't see it, apart from the US. Sucks.
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