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Physarum imitates exploration and colonisation of planets

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The slime mould is efficient in imitating formation of man-made road networks, where major urban areas are sources of nutrients. We used a similar approach to grow slime mould on a three-dimensional template of Moon to speculate on potential colonization scenarios. The slime mould imitated propagation of colonisation in an exploratory mode, i.e. without any definite targets. Additional transportation hubs/targets were added after the initial network was formed, to imitate the development of colonies in parallel to slime mould growth.

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Author(s): Adamatzky A, Armstrong R, Costello BDL, Jones J

Editor(s): Andrew Adamatzky

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Advances in Physarum Machines

Year: 2016

Volume: Not applicable

Pages: 395-410

Print publication date: 01/01/2016

Online publication date: 01/01/2016

Acceptance date: 02/11/2015

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Place Published: Switzerland


Notes: This is the first article to use slime mould computing to explore the potential transport systems between moon landings to propose how a Moon based transport network may be organised

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ISBN: 9783319266626