A process defining organisms that grow and adapt to stimuli while maintaining a state of organization and energy production and being capable of reproduction.

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Possibility of an Organism that uses light to communicate? [closed]

Suppose such an organism had evolved from using sound like most life we know to use different intensities, wave lengths, and hues of light to communicate. This is assuming that these creatures are as ...
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What makes living beings alive? [closed]

To clarify, I'm not asking about the common properties of living organisms, such as reproducing and having a metabolism, etc. What I'm curious about is, what is the difference between organic ...
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Can humans survive without consuming life? [closed]

Some people say that it's awful that humans eat animals. They feel that it's barbaric, because you're killing life and then on top of that, you're eating it, and that you should eat vegetation ...
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are sperms considered living [closed]

recently i got into a debate with this question on hinduism.se , as the link given above shows, are sperms considered as living or non-living as far as my knowledge is concerned, sperms undergo ...
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How are minerals formed by biological processes?

News to me is that about 4500 of the 4900 minerals on Earth have been created by life. What are some examples of such processes? Are some minerals formed inside the human body?
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What happens to fecal matter if it's continually re-eaten?

After class today, the topic of eating one's one fecal matter came up. There was a sharp divide as to how people thought the defecations would change. I realize this is a bit of an odd question but ...
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H O N C alternatives for organic life?

Most organic structures built from hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon. They are represent 1-,2-,3-,4- bond relations (chemical valence) which allow to build variety of chain structures. Are there ...
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Why does evolution not make our life longer?

Why does evolution not make life longer for humans or any other species?
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Do people with gout live longer?

Antioxidants reduce damage to tissue (by scavenging the free radicals) and thus may reduce ageing.It is known that Uric acid is a very good antioxidant. People with gout have excess accumulation of ...
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Any examples of life forms on Earth that could have survived on Mars or Moon?

Do we know of any living forms on Earth that could continue to live on Mars?
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Life on other planets [duplicate]

first of all I'm not sure if I should post this here or in the astronomy stack. I think biologist are more likely to answer my question. To make it short: Why when looking for any sort of life on ...
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Are viruses self-propelled?

So obviously, viruses are nonliving. But when my teacher was teaching viruses in the video (we're doing "flip" learning this semester), the way he described it, it seemed like the viruses responded to ...
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What is the name of the smallest self-replicating thing?

Some time last year, I found an article on Wikipedia about the smallest something to be able to reproduce. I don't remember exactly what it was, but I am fairly certain that after the initial ...
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Why did abiogenesis only happen once?

If the "primordial soup" theory of abiogenesis is to be believed, self-reproducing organisms spontaneously arose on Earth at least 3.5 billion years ago, surprisingly soon after the Earth cooled down ...
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Why is dimethyltryptamine (DMT) being released during death?

I'm not very well informed about all the things related to biology and the current achievements of science in this field so if I'm wrong in anything I say, please let me know. Many times I've come ...
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Is there any evidence telling us what the oxidation state of early earth's atmosphere was?

I ask this question in relation to the origin of life. I realise it would probably be better suited to a geology stack exchange, but it does not yet exist. The Miller-Urey experiment gives a lab ...
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Does the existence of one species imply the existence of many other?

Reading one of Sir Arthur Clarke's scifi stories, I came across a statement something to the effect of, existence of a single species automatically implies the existence of many other species. So ...
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Number of genes required to sustain life

Are there estimates of the minimum number of genes required to sustain life? In what I mean by life here, I don't include viruses.
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Is an egg living or non living? [duplicate]

I was asked today by my teacher: is an egg a living or non living thing? I searched on internet it's confusing.
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Is there already discovered non-carbon form of life?

Rumors going around. Is there research with real form of life based on non-carbon? Or carbon-life is only one what human's history of biology know? Carbon chauvinism
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What would classify those findings of the University of Sheffield experiment as aliens?

It's in the news that some experiment was able to capture some alien specimens during a meteor shower: ...
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Changing the definition of life?

Viruses at this period of time do not fit the current definition of life. Much of the reasoning behind this is that we currently believe that all life must be made up of cells. Also, many ...
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Is the missing “life-ingredient” in today's Earth's existence the reason why we cannot recreate life?

As far as I know there was no report of "life" pop up in a lab or in the nature so far. Everything what we know is only some copy with less-or-more similarity to previous life-form. We certainly can ...
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In our solar system which other planet could have been in the “habitable zone” in the past?

With changes in our solar system, such as planets moving away from the sun and the reduction in solar radiation, which other planets in our solar system could have been, in the past, in a suitable ...
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Characteristics of life

If all of the characteristics of life are required for something to be defined as living, how can we account people or other life that can not reproduce?
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why water is a proof of a life? [duplicate]

I read that NASA looks for water on Mars or other planets as a sign of a life. I wonder why scientists look for water as proof of a life? isn't there any animal that drinks another liquid like ...
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Why aren't organelles considered alive?

I'm taking a 3-week Bio I summer course, and my textbook says the cell is the smallest/basic unit of life. I asked my professor why organelles aren't a living unit, and her reply was that they aren't ...
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Do immortal organisms exist?

Do organisms exist that are able to live indefinitely if they are not killed by external factors? Under external factors I would consider things like predators and natural disaster but not illness by ...
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Plants without bacteria? is it theoretically possible?

I know from school, that all live on the Earth need bacteria as low-level "machines" that break down/extract/convert/produce chemical elements and combinations, other high-level organisms needed. But ...
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Can you consider a human as alive, or is it the cells on the body that are alive?

Sorry if this question seems strange, but in the recent time I have been interested in the question of what life is and how you can define life. My question: How long can individual cells live on a ...
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Have there been any experiments that duplicate chromosome copies from 23*2 to 23*3 or 23*4?

Deinococcus radiodurans is an amazing bacterium with a fantastic survival rate. It can survive to high doses of radiation, in a complete vacuum and in hydrochloric acid. How does this bacterium ...
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Is there life on other planets and if so how frequent?

Some shed tears of joy as the news about the successful landing of the Mars Rover Curiosity came in. Then the most comprehensive 3D map of our observable universe was published. 2012 is literally an ...