Photo from Wikipedia. Sorry, couldn’t help putting this . . . yawn . . . picture up.

Not too long ago we studied the characteristics of life in my biology class. It was all quite interesting. So, I figured I’d tell you all what I learned.

First of all, we have to figure out what makes something living or not. We cannot just say everything on the planet is alive. No, we have to have some kind of distinction between alive and not-alive. So, scientists tried to figure this out. They went through a lot of questions and eventually came up with the following.

Characteristics of life (in no order):

Stimulus response




Energy – harvesting and using it


Organization/made up of cells

Just remember them as the Lively 7. Or


It is quite interesting learning about these different sections . . . something we will just have to do.