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Live metal?

There’s a mad scientist trying to create self-replicating cells out of metal! The search for other kinds of life is fascinating, but the last time there was news of non-carbon life forms it turned out to be bunk. If this man’s research is as cool as it sounds like it is, I think the scientific community (and the rest of us) can rejoice (and wonder at the implications for live metal), but as much as I’d like to accept this story I’m approaching it skeptically. What do you all think?

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Olivia is a giant pile of nerd who tends to freak out about linguistic prescriptivism, gender roles, and discrimination against the mentally ill. By day she writes things for the Autism Society of Minnesota, and by night she writes things everywhere else. Check out her ongoing screeds against jerkbrains at

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