Music of the Slime Moulds

“Physarum polycephalum, hereafter referred to as Physarum goo, inhabits cool, moist, shaded areas over decaying plant matter, and it eats nutrients such as oat flakes, bacteria and dead organic matter. It is a biological computing substrate, which has been enjoying much popularity within the Unconventional Computing research community for its astonishing computational properties.” [For a […]

Double-Ig slime-mold winner studies backwards-dead-end behavior of paramecia

Toshiyuki Nakagaki [pictured here], who has been awarded two Ig Nobel Prizes for studying the apparently intelligent behavior of slime mold, has (with colleagues) published a new study of apparently intelligent behavior in a very different creature: “Attempts to retreat from a dead-ended long capillary by backward swimming in Paramecium,” Itsuki Kunita, Shigeru Kuroda, Kaito Ohki and Toshiyuki Nakagaki, […]

Slimy Hairs in A Sensor from Andy

Yet another new paper from the prodigiously productive Andy Adamatzky: “Slimy Hairs: Hair Sensors Made With Slime Mould,” Andrew Adamatzky, arXiv:1306.2935, June 13, 2013. The paper explains: “Slime mould Physarum polycephalum is a large single cell visible by unaided eye. We design a slime mould implementation of a tactile hair, where the slime mould responds to […]