Modeling the Universe with Slime Mold
A new study examining the growth of slime mold could help astronomers understand the development of galaxies in the cosmic web.
Slime mold has a surprising resemblance to groups of galaxies, a new study reveals. By studying the way these primitive lifeforms grow, researchers hope to better understand how and why galaxies form into massive strands that stretch across the Cosmos, forming the largest structures in the Universe.
The single-celled Physarum polycephalum builds complex networks of filaments in its search for food. In doing so…