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New gun 1, or originally simply "new gun", is a period-46 gun discovered by Bill Gosper in 1971. It was the second basic gun to be found, the first being the Gosper glider gun. A number of other ways of constructing a gun from two twin bees shuttles have since been discovered.

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Pattern collection

The LifeWiki contains one of the most comprehensive catalogues of patterns available on the internet. Within it you will find:
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2 MB .zip archive containing the 1500+ RLE pattern files used on the wiki

Did you know...

  • ... that since the first Cordership was assembled from 13 switch engines in 1991, the number of switch engines required has gradually decreased, with a 2-engine Cordership finally making its appearance in 2017?
  • ... that the bounding box and recovery time of the current fastest stable reflector, Mike Playle's Snark, are both more than two full orders of magnitude smaller than the first stable reflector, constructed by Paul Callahan in 1996?
  • ... that as of 2019, no elementary replicators have been found in Life?
  • ... that while multiple c/12 diagonal spaceships are known, none are true period?
  • ... that the first p23 oscillator, David Hilbert, was created as a modification of a "troll" pattern posted a week earlier?
  • ... that exactly two years after a fake loafer-producing soup was posted to the forums on April Fools' Day, a real soup was found on April 1, 2020?
  • ... patterns have been constructed whose fate is currently unknown (based on the twin primes and Collatz conjectures)?
  • ... a pattern of 44 cells exists whose population grows by exactly one cell each generation?
  • ... it is possible to send a signal from one side to the other of an infinite diagonal line of cells without destroying the line?
  • ... there are 'Heisenburp' reactions which can detect the passage of a glider without affecting it in any way?          
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