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Created by: Jeffrey West

Issue 260: This week's cover artwork comes from a simulation within the Lenia (from the Latin word lenis, meaning 'smooth') mathematical framework. Lenia is an N-dimensional cellular automata framework which allows for a continuous representation of space and time. It was first published in 2018 by Bert Chan (@BertChakovsky). Shown here is a 'multi-channel' Lenia simulation of the classic rock-paper-scissors game where red (rock) dominates blue (scissors) dominates green (paper) which dominates red again. The characteristic length scale of the rings is determined by an interaction kernel within Lenia: the function which describes the strength of competitive effects over spatial distance.