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Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Cell 53, East Wing
Insane since: Jul 2001

posted posted 09-22-2003 22:34

Very much 'out there' but it is in the New Sceintist so..........

Physicists have created blobs of gaseous plasma that can grow, replicate and communicate - fulfilling most of the traditional requirements for biological cells. Without inherited material they cannot be described as alive, but the researchers believe these curious spheres may offer a radical new explanation for how life began.


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Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: The Soft Cell
Insane since: Nov 2001

posted posted 09-23-2003 01:50

So if I have this right, when a charge is applied to cells they can communicate and replicate and it was some sort of electric storm that started the first life on earth.
So if that's how we started then at some point the cells (we) must have developed or stumbled on a way to store energy to continue to develope independently of the storm.
if that's true then as was suggested in the Matrix, we are little more than batteries....

~We're not here for long, we're here for fun~

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: a pocket dimention...
Insane since: Sep 2002

posted posted 09-23-2003 02:23

Well, batteries store energy, the mitochondria in our cells actually produces it. But yeah, basically.

It's only after we've lost everything...
That we're free to do anything...

Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Trumansburg, NY, USA
Insane since: Nov 2002

posted posted 09-23-2003 02:58

Heh heh. We evolved from plasma balls? Cool stuff.
<insert obligatory Max'RollingEyes>

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Darkside of the Moon
Insane since: Aug 2003

posted posted 09-23-2003 04:47
can preform most of the basic life functions

Unless an item can preform all the basic life forms, its not alive...

"The Mystery of Life"
Vol. 841, Ch. 26
"All life begins with Nu and ends with Nu. This is the truth! This is my beleif! least for now." - Chrono Trigger

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Manitoba, Canada
Insane since: Oct 2001

posted posted 09-23-2003 18:05

The scientists didn't say they had created life but have discovered what may have been a different way for life to have started or the basis for what life could be like under different conditions.

"Show me a sane person and I will cure him for you."-Carl Jung
Eagles may fly high, but beavers don't get sucked into get engines.

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