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January 25, 2010

Everything is the product of one universal creative effort

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An organic approach to urban transport planning (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).

When presented with oat flakes arranged in the pattern of Japanese cities around Tokyo, brainless, single-celled slime molds construct networks of nutrient-channeling tubes that are strikingly similar to the layout of the Japanese rail system, researchers from Japan and England report Jan. 22 in Science. A new model based on the simple rules of the slime mold’s behavior may lead to the design of more efficient, adaptable networks, the team contends.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 25, 2010 06:48 AM