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(New Scientist)   Slime molds will find the most efficient networking paths when planted on a map of the US, closely mimicking actual highway routes and proving that civil engineers think like single-celled organisms   (newscientist.com) divider line 29
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2012-03-15 04:23:19 PM
Or the fact that both just went for the shortest path.
 
2012-03-15 04:27:31 PM
Yeah, they made squiggly lines big whoop.

I would be interested in seeing it on a topographical map.
 
2012-03-15 04:27:32 PM

premiereboris: Or the fact that both just went for the shortest path.


Seemingly so. Maybe I missed something in TFA, or it wasn't complete, but how did the researchers account for terrain obstacles. It's one thing to just go in a straight line from point a to point b. That task becomes much more difficult when you have rivers, lakes, mountains, etc. to contend with.

It looked like the petri-dish-USA lacked mountains or the great lakes. Let's be honest: anyone could figure out an efficient highway system if the entire USA was basically Nebraska.
 
2012-03-15 04:27:54 PM

premiereboris: Or the fact that both just went for the shortest path.


Civil Engineer-like typing detected
 
2012-03-15 04:28:35 PM
1. I've read about this before.
2. On Fark.
3. It's still pretty neat.
 
2012-03-15 04:28:44 PM
Pour it in a toaster and you can make it dance.
 
2012-03-15 04:31:34 PM
Colonies of single celled organisms, all genetically closely related.

Sort of like the Republican Party in the South, to be honest.
 
2012-03-15 04:31:58 PM
My, that was a yummy Slime Mold!
 
2012-03-15 04:39:34 PM
Thus confirming every real engineer's hypothesis that civil-e's are on the intellectual level of single celled organisms.

/number crunchers.. all of them.
 
2012-03-15 04:42:01 PM
civil engineers make the world go round.
and chicks dig us.

i wish
 
2012-03-15 04:42:03 PM

sinanju: My, that was a yummy Slime Mold!


I knew there had to be a Nethack player here.
 
2012-03-15 04:50:46 PM
imgs.xkcd.com

/oblig
 
2012-03-15 04:50:49 PM
archivethumb.foolz.us
Got the answers half-right.
 
2012-03-15 04:55:53 PM

colon_pow: civil engineers make the world go round.
and chicks dig us.

i wish


eh, just like a bunch of earthworms
 
2012-03-15 04:56:11 PM
Maybe the slime mold was somehow just regulating it's temperature from the dark and light parts of the maps? Meh, whatever, it's still pretty cool nonetheless.
 
2012-03-15 04:56:25 PM
Bless you sunny that headline was awesome.
 
2012-03-15 04:57:23 PM

JustinCase: Bless you sunny that headline was awesome.


Goddamned phone...

Sunny = subby
 
2012-03-15 04:59:03 PM
What's so civil about engineering anyway?
 
2012-03-15 05:03:51 PM
Texas seems to be covered with more moldy material than any other state.

There is a hidden meaning in there somewhere...

/from Texas
 
2012-03-15 05:03:54 PM
Hey, I resemble that remark
 
2012-03-15 05:06:05 PM

premiereboris: Or the fact that both just went for the shortest path.


Sweet, they also implemented a biological dynamic routing protocol.
 
2012-03-15 05:27:51 PM

Hetfield: What's so civil about engineering anyway?


I've been in some of those meetings too.
 
2012-03-15 06:35:59 PM

sinanju: My, that was a yummy Slime Mold!


Yes, I LOL'd.
 
2012-03-15 07:15:14 PM
Meh. Can they build nydus canals to speed transit?
 
2012-03-15 09:36:14 PM
My dad's a civil engineer. I can confirm Subby's headline.
 
2012-03-15 10:27:52 PM

LowbrowDeluxe: [archivethumb.foolz.us image 640x436]
Got the answers half-right.


A slime-half ... now there's an obscure reference.
 
2012-03-16 12:17:50 AM
I see it avoided Buffalo.
 
2012-03-16 12:30:27 AM
www.oocities.org
 
2012-03-16 12:37:51 AM
I like how DC/Philly are the most shiatty parts of the map
 
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