Life was long thought to obey its own set of rules. But as simple systems show signs of lifelike behavior, scientists are arguing about whether this apparent complexity is all a consequence of thermodynamics.
This is a nice little general interest article by Philip Ball that does a relatively good job of covering several of my favorite topics (information theory, biology, complexity) for the layperson. While it stays relatively basic, it links to a handful of really great references, many of which I’ve already read, though several appear to be new to me. 
While Ball has a broad area of interests and coverage in his work, he’s certainly one of the best journalists working in this subarea of interests today. I highly recommend his work to those who find this area interesting.
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@ChristophAdami I thought it sounded fishy, but had come across it in @philipcball’s recent article https://www.quantamagazine.org/20170126-information-theory-and-the-foundation-of-life/ and wanted to dig into some of the research in the general area.
Thanks for flagging it. I wish the publishers did a better job of providing their own caveats after-the-fact.