The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #86829   Message #1618167
Posted By: Rapparee
01-Dec-05 - 09:47 PM
Thread Name: No invisible means of support
Subject: RE: No invisible means of support
In 1837 Andrew Crosse produced mites named Acarus Crossii from an electrified crystals composed of, among other things, potassium carbonate and metallic arsenic in an atomsphere of "oxihydrogen gas."

His work was duplicated by W. H. Weeks under far more rigorous conditions than those of Crosse.

I have no idea if this work has been done since; a mob spurred on by religious "zeal" burned down Crosse's laboratory. His notebooks still exist.

Others, during the 20th C., have done similar work, such as creating a "primal soup" from inorganic compounds that might have been present in and on a newly-formed Earth.