What Slime Mold Can Teach Us About Fixing Our Highways


Using biomimucry, 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… continue reading