Billions of years ago, a nuclear reactor helped create LIFE on Earth

According to a new scientific study published in Geoscience Frontiers, NUCLEAR REACTORS existed on Earth before there were any humans, and ONE such ‘nuclear reactor’ may have helped pave the way for our existence.

The truth is that scholars remain unsure as to how exactly life on Earth came to be. Even though throughout the years researchers have come across a few promising leads, we aren’t really sure as to how life on Earth came to be. Was it God? Was it ET? Was it panspermia? Or was it something entirely different?

A study presented in Geoscience Frontiers aims to provide answers to our many questions. The new paper ultimately challenges traditional theories about life.

According to Japanese co-authors, a ‘nuclear reactor’ that existed on our planet probably billions of years ago helped pave the way for life on Earth.

Many consider this as outlandish, but the new paper is being considered as one of the most plausible ideas to date—and one that not only answers questions related to life on Earth, but could also help astronomers explain Alien life elsewhere in the solar system and even the universe.

According to Japanese experts, shortly after our world was created around4.5 billion years ago it began to cool down rapidly. However, even though it was cooling down, the planet remained a hellish place. The oceans on our planet were long away from taking shape, and water on the surface remained mostly as a superheated gaseous vapor for many hundred million years to come.

A nuclear-powered organic molecule maker. Ebisuzaki and Maruyama, 2017/Geoscience Frontiers

During the Hadean period, scientists concluded that Earth had much more uranium-235 than it contains today. This element decays and releases radiation and heat at a constant tick.

This heat, note experts, is of extreme importance as it plays a huge role in distant alien worlds and moon in our solar system.

Scientists explain that on Earth, approximately 50 percent of the heat that helps generate volcanism and the shift of tectonic plates originates from radioactive decay.

During the Hadean—this enormous supply of uranium-236 played a crucial role in forming the primary carbon, potassium, and nitrogen-based constituents of our planets primitive volcanic atmosphere.

Furthermore, this radiation given off by the isotopes was the perfect requirement to promote chemical chain reactions, like those that eventually lead to the creation of amino acids, RNA and DNA.

In the new study, scientists from the Riken and the Tokyo Institute of Technology write how this heat source fueled geysers rich in organic chemistry.

Japanese scientists created a mathematical model based on the best available evidence to them to date.

One of the data sets used came from the Miller-Urey experiments. Conducted from 1952 onwards. Miller and Urey demonstrated that several organic compounds could be formed spontaneously by simulating the conditions of Earth’s early atmosphere. Adding spark to stimulate lighting strikes, they discovered how amino acids spontaneously appeared.

Scientists from Japan explain how their study offers conclusive evidence that energy of the lightning strikes is very similar to their proposed U-235 nuclear reactor and that unlike lighting which is sterilizing, radiation is able to provide a slow, steady heat source that paved the way for life on Earth.

While ‘radiation’ is considered a life killer by many, it’s remarkable to think of it as necessary phenomena that helped create life on Earth.

You can read more about the Miller-Urey experiment here.

The scientific study was published in Geoscience Frontiers here.

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