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2×2 is a Lifelike cellular automaton in which cells survive from one generation to the next if they have 1, 2 or 5 neighbours, and are born if they have 3 or 6 neighbours. That is, it is governed by the rulestring "B36/S125". Patterns under the rule have a chaotic evolution similar to those under the standard Life rules, but the chaos tends to die out much more quickly.
The 2×2 rule gets its name from the fact that it can emulate a simpler cellular automaton that acts on each 2×2 block. The emulated automaton is a block cellular automaton that makes use of the Margolus neighbourhood. As a result, patterns that are originally made up of 2×2 blocks will forever be made up of 2×2 blocks, but the block partition will be offset by one cell in the odd generations from the even generations. There are 2^{12} = 4096 such Lifelike automata, of which 2×2 is the most wellknown.

Pattern collection

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Did you know...

 ... that no oddperiod glider guns were known before 1995, when a period 565 p5sparkassisted Bheptomino loop was constructed by David Buckingham?
 ... that even though the speed limit for spaceships is c/2 in a vacuum, in a medium of stripes agar there are "spaceships" that can travel at lightspeed along the stripes, or two thirds of lightspeed perpendicular to the stripes?
 ... that the smallest known spacefiller pattern consists of 187 cells?
 ... that the smallest known sawtooth pattern in Conway's Life consists of only 177 ON cells?
 ... that there are now over a hundred and twenty known Herschel conduits, counting stable conduits only, and a much larger number if oscillatorsupported conduits are included?
 ... that Demonoids, caterloopillars and halfbakery knightships are the only known types of spaceships with fixed slope but adjustable speed?
 ... that a pattern exists in which no cell in the unbounded Life plane ever becomes periodic?
 ... that several candidate universal constructors have been demonstrated in Conway’s Life, but as of June 2015 none have been formally proven to be universal?
 ... that there are dozens of known Cordership variants, including puffers, rakes and wickstretchers, with periods of any multiple of 96?
 ... that greyships have been constructed with speeds of c/2, c/3, c/4, c/5 and 2c/5?

