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2011 May 07

Greyships & Spacefillers
Oblique Antstretcher

Since time immemorial, there has been a desire to find a c/5 orthogonal anteater. The motivation arises from the existence of a c/4 diagonal antstretcher, which produces a compatible oblique line of ants. By fusing the two components seamlessly, a growing spaceship could be created.

Matthias Merzenich has finally found this long-awaited anteater, enabling completion of the antstretcher.

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Matthias' antstretcher, rendered in Union Flag colours to celebrate the recent Royal Wedding!

Eight copies of this can be combined to create another example of a 'space-nonfiller' (a term coined by Jason Summers), the earliest such example being discovered by him in 1999, which expanded at the vacuum speed limit.

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Jason Summers' original nonfiller.