Slime

Researcher Andy Adamatzky and his team are using slime mold to solve complex problems including predicting the development of highway systems. Here’s a snip from the NY Times Article he wrote:

The United States is not alone in having an interstate highway system that gets the slime mold’s seal of approval. We have done similar experiments with various colleagues, using slime mold to approximate the highway systems of Britain, Mexico, the Netherlands, Canada and Brazil. 
For all of these countries, we found that the slime mold network matched, at least partly, the network of human-made transport systems, though the closeness of fit varied from country to country. The United States highway system, for instance, is less slime-mold-like than that of Canada.

Here’s the video of the mold in Canada…

Thanks boingboing… 

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