You probably don't give too much thought to slime molds—the bizarre, colonial organisms that look like blobs of goo. But these underrated creatures have some surprising talents, including designing sophisticated transportation networks. Wait, what?
Why exactly does the melting of the West Antarctica ice sheet matter? (Hint: look at that image.) What's the secret to seamless driving in Google's automated car? Why are we racing slime molds? Catch up in this week's Landscape Reads!
Theoretically, a perfect robot face would look normal. But until we reach utter perfection, everything that falls even slightly short is horrifying. Take, for instance, this robot visage powered by ravenously hungry slime mold. It's surprisingly functional, and unsurprisingly nightmarish.