Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Almost Alive Crystals (Video of the Day: 2/6/13)

This video shows something rather remarkable. Scientists have recently figured out how to create hematite crystals that have both metabolism and mobility, two of the three requirements to be considered life. These crystals respond to light and begin to move around and cluster together in groups. If some way for these, or similar, crystals could be figured out to give them the ability to replicate, then we technically would have created a new form of life. I expect something like this to happen soon, but for now, I recommend reading this article.

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