I think it’d be fair to suggest many scientists are sci fi fans. Hopefully some of my non-scientist readers are too!
You might enjoy this short (4-5 minute) sci fi film by New Zealand animator, Richard Mans. Titled Abiogenesis it was backed by the New Zealand Film Commission, and has won a number of awards in 2012.
Abiogenesis is a word describing the process of life arising from non-living materials. (Evolution, by contrast, looks at how life—already existing—changes over time.*)
Some dictionaries define abiogenesis as ‘spontaneous generation’. Although no doubt correct in terms of word origins, spontaneous generation is an archaic (old-fashioned) term, one that today implies something instantly springing into being fully-formed like the plants in Mans’ short movie below. That’s quite unlikely, of course, but it’s fun in a science fiction setting we’re allowed to imagine these things.
I’ll resist temptation to write more about abiogenesis* and let you enjoy the short film –
I hope readers can forgive me for starting with a non-science post as easier fare for a return to blogging. I’ve been overseas for a few weeks and later hope to bring you a post covering some of the science communication efforts I saw whilst in Taiwan among other things.
Thanks for Jennifer Ouellette who brought the film to my attention.
* It’s a fascinating topic, drawing from (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics and geology, but not one I follow close enough to write about the current state of affairs.
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