Red Queen

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Red Queen

shaken by Alice, she turns into a kitten. [Br. Lit.: Lewis Carroll Through the Looking-Glass]
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The Breach can be comfortably carried in a pocket and be used as a handheld unit or it can be helmet mounted by way of a Red Queen Effect (RQE) universal bridge mount.
Consumer products companies are really hurting from what we call the Red Queen effect, where, like in Alice in Wonderland: it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place .
But researchers studying a species of New Zealand snail that sometimes reproduces sexually and sometimes asexually have recently found evidence that the Red Queen effect exists.
Evolutionary systems exhibit a phenomenon known as the Red Queen effect after that character's remark in Through the Looking Glass: "It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place."(*) In nature, the Red Queen effect is at work when a predator learns to run faster, its prey responds by acquiring better camouflage, the predator then develops a better sense of smell, the prey starts to climb trees, and so on.
Kauffman, "Technology and evolution: Escaping the Red Queen effect," The McKinsey Quarterly, 1995 Number 1, p.
This form of persistent coevolution has been dubbed "arms race," or the "Red Queen effect," after her comment to Alice: "You have to run faster and faster just to stay in the same place!" Where this effect applies, all species keep changing in a never-ending race simply to sustain their current level of fitness.
Under the chaos of the Red Queen effect, on the other hand, species climb and plummet on heaving fitness landscapes, never staying at a peak.