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Road planning with slime mould (2009) (arxiv.org)
38 points by benbreen 34 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments



BBC showing timelapse: https://youtu.be/HyzT5b0tNtk


The southern bit doesn't strike me as efficient at all. to go to a neighbouring blob, you'd have to go all the way to the central one, and then back down again.


"When making experiments it is difficult to resist an impulse to imitate a largescale disaster leading to contamination of one of the urban areas spreading to the surrounding areas."

Sim City players and biology academics are basically the same then, it would seem!


I wnder if you could build elevation into this sort of 'analog simulation', maybe in the form of something that a slime mould doesn't like to grow over?

It would probably be tough to get them to grow like switchbacks, tunnels, and bridges though...


I enjoyed the specificity of ASDA smart price rolled oats. I wonder what effect premium Quaker oats would have had.




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