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Submission + - Plasma-Based Life possible? 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to, 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.
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Plasma-Based Life possible?

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  • 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?

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