Monday, July 18, 2005

A little reminder to bookmark Marius' killer new Generator.x blog.

Today's profile on Spanish architect Pablo Miranda Carranza will make your head hurt. In a good way.

pictured above: Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence extends the same space description principle of the tropistic automaton in to tredimensional representations of space. It utilises, instead of a physical body, the search and self-organising capabilities of swarms of digital automata.

Speaking of swarms, now on to today's edition of Mr. Science: While taking an evening walk along Lake St. Clair last night, what we initially assumed were clouds of smoke above the water turned out to be massive swarms of insects. Smoke doesn't tend to expand, contract and shape-shift with such precise rhythm. Realizing it was probably tens or even hundreds of thousands of newly hatched mayflies [Order Ephemeroptera], we were quite creeped out, yet fixated by the patterns - as long as the little buggers kept their distance. A little Google-assisted research revealed that the swarming behavior is actually part of the mayfly mating process, or in plainest terms: bug group sex. I'm not sure I wanted to know that, so of course I'm sharing it with all of you.

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