The Shape of the Internet

The web of connections that makes up the Internet looks a lot like a medusa jellyfish.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM June 22, 2007

A new map of the Internet shows a core of tight connections (red) and an outer ring (purple) of looser connections. I. Alvarez-Hamelin et al.

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It seems so simple, but the Internet is a complex web of connections. And that web looks a lot like a medusa jellyfish, according to new research by scientists in Israel. Within the Internet, they say, there is a dense core of connections surrounded by lots...

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