Friday, August 11, 2006

Slime Mold

We discovered this weird stuff in our garden awhile ago. It was the brightest French's Mustard yellow - bizarre. Thanks to a fellow blogger, we found out that it's actually something called slime mold.
This is what we found out about it (thanks to Wikipedia):

"It has been observed that they can find their way through mazes by spreading out and choosing the shortest path, an interesting example of information processing without a nervous system."

and this:

"In 2006, researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Kobe reported that they had built a six-legged robot whose movement was remotely controlled by a Physarum slime mould. The mould directed the robot into a dark corner most similar to its natural habitat." (

This is what it looked like the next day:

And the day after that:

Pretty cool stuff!!

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