plasmodial slime mold

Let me tell you about Plasmodial Slime Mold


Okay so apparently the Tokyo subway map has the most efficiently designed routes of all the subway systems. So naturally it took a hell of a lot of engineers and mathematicians to design it in such as way as to achieve maximum efficiency.

So, what scientists did was they placed food down on a surface in the same way in which the Tokyo subway stops are laid out, then they let these kickass cells do their thing.

In the end the slime mould ended up taking extremely similar routes to the layout of the Tokyo subway lines themselves.

Goddammit those guys are so cool.