13 DEC 2011 by ideonexus

 Carbon VS Silicon Life

Though one might imagine "living" organisms such as intelligent computers produced from other elements, such as silicon, it is doubtful that life could have spontaneously evolved in the absence of carbon. The reasons for that are technical but have to do with the unique manner in which carbon bonds with other elements. Carbon dioxide, for example, is gaseous at room temperature, and biologically very useful. Since silicon is the element directly below carbon on the periodic table, it has simi...
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While we can imagine living computers, it is hard to imagine silicon life spontaneously forming in the universe.