|Fuligo septica slime mold |
(not dog vomit ;-)
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Out of this team, Mark Fricker and Dan Bebber recently received the Ig Nobel award in transportation. The Ig Nobel Prizes are given annually for ten achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think.". But they are also a show that makes people's interested in science, so the Ig Nobel award might be considered more than just a Nobel Prize parody. However, the slime mold result being awarded there shows that many people still perceive complex systems result as something strange, funny, or improbable. Still, it is great to see research on self-organizing systems awarded!
- A. Tero, S. Takagi, T. Saigusa, K. Ito, D. P. Bebber, M. D. Fricker, K. Yumiki, R. Kobayashi, and T. NakagakiRules for Biologically Inspired Adaptive Network Design, Science 22 January 2010, Vol. 327. no. 5964, pp. 439 - 442.
- K. Harmon, Slime mold validates efficiency of Tokyo rail network Scientific American Observations Blog, Jan, 2010.
- The Ig® Nobel Prizes