This week's featured article

Pufferfish is a puffer discovered by Richard Schank in 2014. It consists of a pair of bheptominoes whose debris is stabilised by a backend that travels at the same speed, c/2. It is the first known c/2 object that doesn't have any parts of periods 2 or 4. In 2014 Ivan Fomichev found a nontrivial (dependent) c/2 fuse of period 36 for pufferfish's exhaust, that enabled the assembly of the first wholly highperiod c/2 spaceship and rake.

Pattern collection

The LifeWiki contains one of the most comprehensive catalogues of patterns available on the internet. Within it you will find:


Did you know...

 ... 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?
 ... that most greyships travel parallel to the stripes in their included agars, but a few travel perpendicular to the stripes, or "against the grain"?
 ... that a pattern has been constructed that calculates and prints out the digits of pi in decimal, and a similar one prints out the decimal digits of the Golden Ratio?
 ... that several different patterns have been constructed to calculate and display the sequence of prime numbers, and some have been adapted to display only prime pairs or Fermat primes?
 ... that two completely different types of oblique spaceships, the waterbear and the halfbaked knightship, were constructed in 2014?
 ... that no Caterpillartype spaceships were completed for almost ten years after the original Caterpillar was constructed in 2004, but that two different designs, the waterbear and the centipede, were finished in 2014?
 ... that the first spiralgrowth pattern in Conway's Life was constructed in 2014?

