A model for a non-chemical form of life: Crystalline physiology
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- to be stable,
- to contain rich information,
- to diffuse it into the surrounding medium.
It is then shown that the complex dislocation networks encountered in crystals can in some cases follow these criteria and lead to a crystalline physiology. The places of possible occurrence in nature of this kind of physiology, terrestrial and extraterrestrial rocks, interplanetary dust, white dwarfs and neutron stars are then discussed.
KeywordsDust Organic Chemistry Geochemistry Neutron Star Material Support
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