What Slime Molds And Subways Have In Common, According to Scientists - biology - io9
6:35 pm EST, Jan 21, 2010
The slime mold Physarum polycephalum forms networks between food sources that are as efficient and fault tolerant as anything we can design. In order to test quite how good the mold is, and if it could be used to help human planning, a group of Japanese and British scientists pitted it against the Tokyo rail system, and found a surprisingly efficient result.
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I promised Rattle that I would change my name when I completed my PhD, and Noteworthy recently reminded me of this - thus, as of May 1st, 2009 (albeit a bit late) I am now "Dr. Nanochick":) Too bad that title doesn't come with a higher pay raise:)