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slime mold

n.
1. Any of various eukaryotic organisms of the class Dictyostelia that exist as free-living amoeboid cells in the soil and under certain conditions aggregate into a mass that develops into a stalked sporangium. Also called cellular slime mold.
2. Any of various eukaryotic organisms of the class Myxogastria (formerly Myxomycetes) that develop from amoeboid cells into a large multinucleate plasmodium that produces stalked sporangia. Also called myxomycete, plasmodial slime mold.
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At the conclusion of the experiment, the slime mold can be disposed of by soaking Petri dishes in a solution of 20% bleach or by autoclaving.
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.
We now not only understand the ways of slime mold, we can simulate them; and beyond that, we can harvest the results.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A group of researchers revealed details of logic units built using living slime molds, which might act as the building blocks for computing devices and sensors.
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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.
The program's "Bio Blitzes," during which participants search for as many possible species from a particular group of organisms in a short amount of time, have yielded more than 130 new records of moths and butterflies, 21 soil series (similar to species), and two new slime mold records.
Washington, Jan 22 (ANI): A new study has shown that lowly slime mold can actually lead to improved technological systems, such as more robust computer and mobile communication networks.
Specifically related to slime molds, the National Science Foundation has funded a planetary inventory of all species of slime molds, and a team at the University of Arkansas is using national parks and monuments as representative habitats for the study of slime mold diversity in North America.
The researchers were able to measure concentrations of the chemical and mark its effects for the first time as it arose in single living cells and clusters of cells in Dictyostelium, a slime mold.
We've never met before, but he's agreed to let me tag along as he leads colleagues to search for as many fungi and slime mold species as they can find in the next 30 hours.