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Japan: searchers get inspired by a micro-organism to fix the rail network issues

Many mathematicians, computer ingeneers and physicians have faced this very tricky issue for decades: how to get Tokyo and its 36 neighbouring towns connected by train with the best efficiency while running the least number of lines possible?

Looking for some alternative solutions, searchers have put a micro-organisme (the Physarum, a sort of cousin of the mushrooms) face to this challenge.
Surprise: the network built by this organism in a few hours would have surpassed the one that the greatest nippon engineers have developed!

How is this possible? Read more on Urbanews (in French only)

[Source: Urbanews.fr / Author: Lauren Moine / Publication date: February 1, 2011]

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