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Each 2c/3 signal is made up of two half-signals that can be separated from each other by an arbitrary number of ticks.
Considerable effort has been spent on finding a way to turn a 2c/3 signal 90 or 180 degrees, since this would by one way to prove Life to be omniperiodic. There is a known 2c/3 converter shown under signal elbow, which converts a standard 2c/3 signal into a double-length signal. This is usable in some situations, but unfortunately it fails when its input is a double-length signal, so it can't be used to complete a loop.
Noam Elkies discovered a glider synthesis of a reaction that can repeatably insert a signal into the upper end of a 2c/3 wire. See stable pseudo-Heisenburp for details. On 11 September 2017, Martin Grant reduced the input reaction to five gliders, as shown in the above pattern, or three gliders plus a Herschel. With the Herschel option the recovery time is 152 ticks.
- 2c/3 wire at the Life Lexicon