The Big Fat Truth on How Life Began

How did our planet go from being devoid of life to brimming with it? Israeli scientists believe it may have all begun with fatty molecules.

Very young children tend to believe that the toy car they send zooming around the house is a living thing. It moves, after all, and movement is what distinguishes an animate object from an inanimate one. In the same way, children conceive of the wind as a living thing, while a plant is not (many adults adhere to the latter view as well).