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What is cooler than meeting a full metal counterpart of yourself? or having a metal dog that’s not a terrible $50 product from Toys-r-us or a digital Nintendog that never seems to die? Well it may not be too far off as researchers explore the possibility of metal life and its evolution.
There’s really no reason why metallic life forms can’t exist, it’s just that we haven’t met any and nobody’s sure how it would work. To prove that it’s at least physically possible, a team from the University of Glasgow has created some cell-like bubbles call iCHELLs out of metallic elements like tungsten bonded with oxygen and phosphorus. These bubbles can self-assemble, and they exhibit many of the same properties that allow biological cells to do what they do, including an internal structure and a selectively porous outer membrane that can let other molecules pass through. It may even be possible to set the metallic cells up to perform photosynthesis.