artificial life

Meet your new pets, via Wired: Three billion years after inanimate chemistry first became animate life, a newly synthesized laboratory compound is behaving in uncannily lifelike ways. The particles aren’t truly alive…


Scientists at Cambridge University have reverse engineered a jellyfish from silicon and muscle cells from a rat’s heart. The JellyRat is identical to the moon jellyfish, a common species found throughout the world’s oceans. Project leader Kit Parker has dubbed the artificial lifeform a “medusoid” and doesn’t plan on stopping with just jellyfish. He hopes to create an octopus next.