de Oliveira, "Brazilian highways from slime mold
's point of view," Kybernetes, vol.
Food quality and the risk of light exposure affect patch-choice decisions in the slime mold
John Bonner, who named the chemical used in slime mold
communication after the witch in The Faerie Queene (and whose lab was visited by a curious Albert Einstein), also found cases of maladaptive emergence.
may took like just a blob, but it's a smart one.
Comparing it to global warming, Browning (economics, Texas A&M U.) argues that what he calls the welfare state costs American taxpayers much more than politicians or the media will admit, and turns recipients into slime mold
. The fundamental problem, he says, is the rise of egalitarian ideological principles.
Stachybotrys is a slime mold
that can produce toxic chemicals called mycotoxins.
When presented with oat flakes arranged in the pattern of Japanese cities around Tokyo, a single-celled slime mold
constructs networks of nutrient-channeling tubes strikingly similar to the layout of the Japanese rail system, researchers report January 22 in Science.
Just as the slime mold
is one of the best-studied examples of cooperative behavior, the future of biology calls for greater inter-disciplinary collaboration, according to a National Research Council Committee on the direction of the field.
Featuring color photographs on almost every page, this atlas demonstrates the fabrication of computer chips, sensors, image processors, logical gates, memristors, self-healing wires, and memory devices built with the slime mold
Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) and Theresa Schubert (Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany) have constructed logical circuits that exploit networks of interconnected slime mold
tubes to process information.
They found that slime mold
connected itself to scattered food sources in a design that was nearly identical to Tokyo's rail system.
I applaud your coverage of the BioBlitz in the National Capital Area ("30 Hours with Team Slime Mold
," SN: 7/29/06, p.