Living and nonliving things bear commonalities in that they are both comprised of matter, obey physical laws and tend toward states of minimum energy. Living things are different in that they can repair damage, grow and ... More » Science Biology

Living and nonliving things interact with each other by forming an ecosystem, where living things can obtain nutrients and energy from nonliving things through chemical processes. The nonliving things in an environment a... More » Science Environmental Science

Bacteria are single-celled living organisms. They are considered to be among the earliest forms of life and have been on Earth for about 4 billion years. The word "bacterium" is derived from the Greek wording meaning "ca... More » Science Biology
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