Itâ€™s (Almost) Alive! Scientists Create a Near-Living Crystal
Three billion years after inanimate chemistry first became animate life, a newly synthesized laboratory compound is behaving in uncannily lifelike ways.
The particles arenâ€™t truly alive â€” but theyâ€™re not far off, either. Exposed to light and fed by chemicals, they form crystals that move, break apart and form again.
â€œThere is a blurry frontier between active and alive,â€ said biophysicist JÃ©rÃ©mie Palacci of New York University. â€œThat is exactly the kind of question that such works raise.â€