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January 25, 2010

Everything is the product of one universal creative effort


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