Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Space

+ - Plasma-Based Life possible? 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to Space.com, Researchers from Germany's Max Planck Institute have created a computer model demonstrating that microscopic dust-particles injected into low-temperature plasmas spontaneously self-organize into crystalline structures resembling DNA and other biological structures. Team member V.N. Tsytovich states "These complex, self-organized plasma structures exhibit all the necessary properties to qualify them as candidates for inorganic living matter."

No word yet on how this discovery might affect Human-Klingon relations.
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Plasma-Based Life possible?

Comments Filter:
  • As much as I'd love to believe that plasma-based life is possible, since when does crystal formation qualify as life? Is it simply because the shape is that of a helix? Or because pieces breaking apart and growing is being confounded with reproduction in living matter?

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.

Working...