Tuesday, August 14, 2007

It's, it's... alive!

It seems that plasma particles behave in strikingly life-like ways in the vacuum of space, forming "DNA-like double helixes" and "evolving and reproducing." A new form of life? Well, the article suggests that we'd have to settle on exactly what our definition of life is before tackling that question, but if the particles did fit the bill, they could quite possibly represent the most common form of life in the universe (there's an awful lot of plasma out there).

Fascinating! And kind of weird.

Thankfully my family room is not a zero-g vacuum (because, you know, the kids would kind of freak if our new tv started "evolving and reproducing" while they were watching Fetch with Ruff Ruffman).

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