in many places with a great variety of shapes and colors. One common example found in decaying wood is named Physarum
polycephalum. You may have seen its red-orange growth on fallen trees in a forest. The mold consists of a group of amoebae
with both plant and animal characteristics. Also called “slime mold,” it seeks food by sending out thin strands
in various directions. When a nutrient is located, the tendrils with the shortest and most efficient path thicken while other
strands pull back.
cost-efficient networks may be aided by observing the behavior of the lowly slime mold. Such material is commonly thought
to be a simple, primitive ancestor of life on earth. The experiments, however, show mold to be a very complex part of creation.
The mold simply does what its Maker programmed it to do from the beginning. As a result, in a future day we may find ourselves
traveling on mold-inspired highways.