It’s (Almost) Alive! Scientists Create a Near-Living Crystal

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    Feb 01, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/01/living-crystal/
  • Kairr

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    Feb 02, 2013 6:00 AM GMT
    I want the dog
  • Ben203

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    Feb 04, 2013 4:20 PM GMT
    “Brownian motion”?
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    Feb 04, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
    Kairr saidI want the dog


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    Feb 04, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    Given thermodynamics, why does matter form life at all?
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    Feb 04, 2013 8:39 PM GMT
    Zinc saidGiven thermodynamics, why does matter form life at all?


    Some might argue that matter cannot spawn life spontaneously - that there must be some pre-existing intelligence to start it off.


    But that's a whooole other 'nother can of worms. ;)
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    Feb 04, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    Thanks riddler! You always link these interesting yet weird articles. I enjoy reading them.
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    Feb 04, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
    crystals are already alive. and i need not to explain there form of conscious, you can find plenty of info on the life of crystals. so all crystal are alive and posses a very low degree of consciousness, its wave almost to the naked eye seems to move in a straight line which is devoid of consciousness.
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    Feb 05, 2013 3:49 AM GMT
    i don't see any evidence of reproduction or metabolism, just a cellular automata implemented in hardware
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    Feb 05, 2013 3:56 AM GMT
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    Feb 09, 2013 3:28 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger said
    Zinc saidGiven thermodynamics, why does matter form life at all?


    Some might argue that matter cannot spawn life spontaneously - that there must be some pre-existing intelligence to start it off.


    But that's a whooole other 'nother can of worms. ;)


    Life has been proven to be able to start where there are no organic molecules necessary for life. Take for example, the Urey-Miller experiment. In Urey and Miller's experiment, inorganic matter was placed into a environment very similar to that of the primitive Earth and oceans; vastly fluctuating temperatures, intense radiation, and intense electricity. After several days of inorganic matter cycling through these conditions, organic molecules were synthesized as a result - organic molecules necessary for life. Thus proving that life may spontaneously spawn given the right circumstances. The only catch is that it took about a billion years for this to happen!

    Here's a vague idea of what their experiment consisted of:

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    Feb 09, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    I want to smash it with a hammer