Jose J. Flores

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Two recent reports claim that (1) aqueous L-aspartic acid polymerizes faster than D-Asplin the presence of kaolin at 90°, and (2) L-phenylalanine is adsorbed by kaolin more extensively than D-Phe at pH 6 (the reverse being true at pH 2). The novelty of these observations and their potential significance for the origin of optical activity has prompted us to(More)
Radioactive D- and L-alanine hydrochloride in 10(-5) molar dimethylformamide solution was adsorbed by d- and 1-quartz to the extent of 20 to 30 percent, as shown by radioactivity loss. d-Quartz preferentially adsorbs D-alanine and 1-quartz adsorbs L-alanine. The extent of asymmetric preferential adsorption is about 1.0 to 1.8 percent, at the 99.9 percent(More)
One mechanism previously proposed for the abiotic accumulation of molecules of one chirality in nature is asymmetric adsorption on the chiral surfaces of optically active quartz crystals. Earlier literature in this field is reviewed, with the conclusion that previous investigations of this phenomenon, using optical rotation criteria, have afforded ambiguous(More)
Automated distributed sentry systems need only detect suspicious behavior. Microphones and infrared detectors may suffice, as well as being simpler and cheaper than cameras while reducing invasion of privacy. We report on a new approach to analyzing data from acoustic sensors and binary infrared and magnetic sensors towards detecting changes in the velocity(More)
Chemical evolution on the primitive earth must have involved the condensation ofα-amino acids to peptides under a variety of conditions. Subjecting a mixture of methane, ammonia, and water to an electric discharge in the presence of free amino acids yields small peptides. The dehydration-condensation may have taken place via ammonium cyanide, the hydrogen(More)