In a fascinating piece of video exclusive to the Wired Magazine blog, below you can watch odd footage depicting metal bits aligning themselves and behaving in life-like ways, within the presence of a specially-tuned magnetic field:

NASA has already suggested that dust particles and other tiny bits of debris may do similar things in the vacuum of space, resulting in life-like plasmas. Could this shed light on how life first formed on planet Earth; or perhaps even how alien life might form on distant planets?

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Author: Micah Hanks

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