Beautiful Labradorite Crystal Lion Head!
John Conway first theorized that it would be impossible to create a forever-expanding universe using these rules, which was proven wrong by a team at MIT, creating the “glider gun,” which is featured in the third gif.
Since then, thanks to computers, people all over the world have added new designs to the database, creating amazingly complex designs.
For example Andrew J. Wade created a design which replicates itself every 34 million generations! Furthermore it is also a spaceship (permanently moving pattern) and not only that, it was also the first spaceship that did not travel purely diagonally or horizontally/vertically! These types of spaceships are now appropriately named Knightships.
The simulation has some interesting properties, for example it has a theoretical maximum speed information can travel. Or simply, light speed - as that is the limit in our own universe. The limit is set to 1 cell per generation - after all how can you create something further than 1 cell away in one generation if you can only effect your immediate neighbours? And yet you can get things like the ‘stargate’ (Love the name, huge SG fan here.) which allows a space ship to travel 11 cells in just 6 generations.
Some smart people have even designed calculators, prime number generators and other incredibly complex patterns.
You can create your own patterns here: http://www.bitstorm.org/gameoflife/
All gifs were made from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2vgICfQawE
Happy (Belated) Birthday Joan Blondell
(August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979)
Scientists Study How We Evolved To Stand On Our Own Two Fins
"Scientists examining an unusual African fish that can walk and breathe air think they’ve learned a thing or two about how our distant ancestors made the leap from the oceans to terra firma some 400 million years ago.
The modern fish they studied is called Polypterus senegalus, which has both gills and lungs and as well as a remarkable ability to use its pectoral fins for locomotion.”
Learn more from NPR.
I’m pleased to share that a short I designed, “1982,” is a staff pick on Vimeo!
It was a super fun project to design for lots of reasons—a great team, and it’s technically a period piece so it involved a lot of fun research. But the really unusual and fun aspect is that the storytelling leans…