In the complex architecture that ferries fluids in plants and brains, scientists are finding a model of resilience.
Examine the delicate branching patterns on a leaf or a dragonfly’s wing and you’ll see a complex network of nested loops. This pattern can be found scattered throughout nature and structural engineering: in the brain’s cerebral vasculature, arrays of fungi living underground, the convoluted shape of a foraging slime mold and the metal bracings of the Eiffel Tower.
Source: In Natural Networks, Strength In Loops | Quanta Magazine
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