Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Slime monster attacks Mexico!

Ok, so that's not strictly true...this Mexico's the size of a petri dish and the cities are made of oat flakes. In an effort to improve transport links, scientists have turned to mould to help them figure out which is the best route to take.

Slime mould, otherwise known as Physarum polycephalum, is rather good at moving efficiently and has been used in previous studies mapping roads in the UK and modelling the subway system in Tokyo. While it offered some interesting alternatives to the roads in Britain, it would appear that Mexicans know a thing or two about putting in a transport system as the mould tracked routes that already exist.

Sounds crazy? Take a look at the New Scientist website for a video clip of the slime in action. Puts a whole new spin on the Mexican Tourist Board's Routes of Mexico.

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