Rachel's Blog: It's life, but not as we know it.

Wed, 15 Aug 2007
Star Trek TNG ep 117 Home Soil

I'm slowly rewatching all of Star Trek: TNG at the moment to shore up my nerd-cred. Last night it was Home Soil - The Enterprise discovers intelligent inorganic life on a plant about to be terraformed - and I wake up this morning to this!

Intriguing new evidence of life-like structures that form from inorganic substances in space are revealed today in the New Journal of Physics. The findings hint at the possibility that life beyond earth may not necessarily use carbon-based molecules as its building blocks.
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"These complex, self-organized plasma structures exhibit all the necessary properties to qualify them as candidates for inorganic living matter," says Tsytovich, "they are autonomous, they reproduce and they evolve".

Press release. Paper at New Journal of Physics.

But can it be accurately represented by a little glowy light in a bell jar?

(via Boing Boing)