Around the end of July, Nicolay Beluchenko and Hartmut Holzwart produced a series of "anteater" spaceship patterns which could provide a moving c/4 diagonal termination point for an oblique wave of "ants". "Ants" wicks are unusually versatile, in that each eight-bit "ant" can follow directly behind the previous ant, or it can be offset by either one or two cells.
In the patterns that follow, each ant must be offset one cell from the previous one. With this configuration, each individual ant is a P1 pattern that travels due south at the speed of light, but the wave of ants as a whole can also be interpreted as a P4 pattern traveling northwest at c/4, thus matching the speed and direction of the c/4 terminal pattern.
The waves of ants should be assumed to extend to infinity (so don't run these spaceships for too many ticks -- they tend to crash when they run out of ants.) The construction of a matching antstretcher for these anteaters is currently an open problem.
Left: c/4 diagonal anteater: Nicolay Beluchenko, 29 July 2005
Right: c/4 double anteater
Left: alternate anteaters connected to sparking ships using glide-reflecting tagalong elements: Nicolay Beluchenko, 30 July 2005
Right: small anteater based on c/4 domino-spark ship: Hartmut Holzwart, 4 August 2005
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