September 20, 2007

Cosmic Dust Can Create "Inorganic" Life

Life-like configurations reportedly can form from plasma in dust clouds like the one pictured right.
Plasma is a state of matter that is made up entirely of electrically charged atoms. Under certain conditions, double helix strands resembling DNA can form. The "inorganic" life forms, as they have been coined, can do a wide variety of tasks, such as split and replicate.
Using computer simulations and current physics models, researchers at Russia's General Physics Institute made the startling discovery.
The research is already turning heads, but many peers say that the physics are sound.