If you were going grocery shopping with plans to whip up life, you’d know to stock up on the equivalent of a chocolate chip cookie recipe’s eggs and chocolate chips: It’s easy to remember you need water and carbon.
- Meghan Bartels
But just as you may forget to check your supply of baking soda, the less obvious ingredients of life—like phosphorus—may slip your mind.
A cookie without baking soda doesn’t quite taste right, but life as we know it without phosphorus simply stops.
That’s why Jane Greaves, an…