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How would the Horta actually work?

"Silicon based life" is a perennial sci-fi trope - I guess because silicon and carbon share similar-ish valency properties. Has anyone actually tried to flesh out what a silicon chemistry complex enough to support protein analogues would look like? Or more broadly, has anyone proposed schemata for complex, self-replicating chemistries that differ substantially from those we know?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jun 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Mystery molecule!

What's this molecule? An antibiotic of some kind, I think? I've tried Google'ing based on its IUPAC name, no luck.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on May 7, 2010 - 2 answers

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