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Robot » Metal Bits Self-Assemble Into Lifelike Snakes

" In the basement of a nondescript building here at Argonne National Laboratory, nickel particles in a beaker are building themselves into magnetic snakes that may one day give clues about how life originally organized itself.

These chains of metal particles look so much like real, living animals, it is hard not to think of them as alive. "

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/03/snakes.html?npu=1&mbid=yhp
 

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Here is the best quote from the snake article:

"Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it."
 

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Really freaky to see running the woods at night.
My dad worked for many years at a NASA facility in Sandusky, Ohio. The land was surrounded by a very high fence which pretty much kept the normally brown, white-tailed deer population captive inside. There was an albino doe (true albino, not like the naturally white deer in your article) who resulted from increased inbreeding since there weren't many deer genes entering the population from outside the fenced area. She was given a special exemption from the periodic culling of the herd, thanks to the support of the NASA engineers who considered her special.
 
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