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What Slime Mold Can Teach Us About Fixing Our Highways

24/02/2014

Using biomimicry, urban planners could learn how to build better networks of roads and railway lines by looking at the super-efficient (...)
Using biomimicry, urban planners could learn how to build better networks of roads and railway lines by looking at the super-efficient "many-headed slime."Compared to mold, humans know next to nothing about creating efficient networks. The single-celled organism Physarum polycephalum, a slime mold, grows outward in search of food, optimizing along the way to make its network of branches the shortest, quickest, and strongest paths to where it wants to go--even in a maze.Read Full Story     Using biomimicry, urban planners could learn how to build better networks of roads and railway lines by looking at the super-efficient "many-headed slime."Compared to mold, humans know next to nothing about creating efficient networks. The single-celled organism Physarum polycephalum, a slime mold, grows outward in search of food, optimizing along the way to make its network of branches the shortest, quickest, and strongest paths to where it wants to go--even in a maze.Read Full Story    
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