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The great taste of slime

Started this discussion. Last reply by François-Joseph Deminiere Jan 26. 6 Replies

It wasn't intentional but when you're growing slime mold by the square meter it gets all over the place.  Physarum is very earthy and rather bitter.  I'll be a bit more careful washing my hands Continue

Slime goes to Big Bang - help!

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Mar 1, 2016. 8 Replies

I've been tasked - at frighteningly short notice with taking Physarum to the Big Bang fair  ( first task, raise enough slime for around 3000 people to take away ).Making mazes and looking at…Continue

 

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ian left a comment for Malwina Kotowicz
"I post culture out worldwide free of charge,  I can get some in the post Monday if you want "
Feb 17
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Metal work

Dusted off my metal casting kit and decided to immortalise a slime as a bowlSee More
Jan 31
ian replied to Cire Sniknej's discussion How do you grow a P. Polycephalum from spores?
"Chalk might be worth a try - used to use it in the lab to bulk up lactobacilli by adding it to skimmed milk and culture. Depends on how much they like (or don't) Calcium."
Jan 31
ian replied to Cire Sniknej's discussion How do you grow a P. Polycephalum from spores?
"I think there'd be too much crap in there from the curdled milk and slime really doesn't like sodium ions much. Could be worth a try diluted though."
Jan 31
ian replied to Cire Sniknej's discussion How do you grow a P. Polycephalum from spores?
"Thinking about about this last night ( I'm a world class insomniac).  The bacteria don't need to be alive and good old coli isn't a great choice if you're not in a lab - it smells awful for one thing.  I wonder if lacto…"
Jan 31
ian replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Methylene Blue
"Basically the alcohol dries faster and I make up a few tbsp at a time of various dyed oats for use latter in public sessions - stops the oats going off and dry oats are more pleasant to hand out"
Jan 31
ian replied to Cire Sniknej's discussion How do you grow a P. Polycephalum from spores?
"The spores need to dry for a few weeks and will then hatch into amoebae if you add water.  The haploid ameobae feed off bacteria I've grown them up in liquid culture by adding spores to a suspension of E.coli - not really practical unless…"
Jan 30
ian replied to Ophélie Queffurus's discussion Methylene Blue
"Hi,  you basically can't stop some degree of spread.  I make up batches of dyed oats by dissolving the stuff in alcohol,  soaking the oats in it and drying them.  If you really need to avoid any diffusion,  stick the…"
Jan 30
ian replied to Parker Lovein's discussion Changing Physarum Polycephalum growth rate?
"If you want it to grow fast, feed every time it gets close to covering its existing food. I start mine in the middle of a 20cm square petri and feed twice a day adding fresh oats in a ring around it. Takes just five days to fill a dish BTW at that…"
Jan 27
ian replied to Christian Diwo's discussion Light filter that would allow to keep cultures in normal light conditions
"They really hate UV or anything down the blue end of the spectrum. They can't see their own colour so you could use it for lighting, the three pigments that make physarum yellow are soluble in alcohol and acetone so you could actually grow up a…"
Jan 27
ian replied to Parker Lovein's discussion Changing Physarum Polycephalum growth rate?
"It won't make spores without light and you can feed it lightly to reduce growth. The easiest option is just to cut off a section, discard the rest and move the section to fresh paper/agar"
Jan 26
François-Joseph Deminiere replied to ian's discussion The great taste of slime
"Hi, I don't know what "Caca" means in English but it's meaning in French is poo-poo... And I bet "Caca de luna" have the same meaning in Mexican Spanish so I've read that as "Moon's Poo poo". No…"
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hardboiledparrot
Interest in slime moulds
I'm a professional microscopist and amateur time lapse filmer. I'm looking forward to combining both disciplines with these fascinating organisms
Academic Institution (if applicable)
warwick
Website
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At 16:05 on October 27, 2015, Marijn Roelvink said…
We received the Physarum today, thanks a lot!
At 12:19 on October 14, 2015, Marijn Roelvink said…
Hi Ian, thank you for wanting to send the Physarum, I was just wondering if you could tell me when they will arrive, it'll help a lot with our planning :)
At 10:37 on February 10, 2015, enrico viola said…
I received my samples today: thanks a lot!
At 8:10 on February 3, 2015, enrico viola said…

Sent you a pm with my address; thanks again!

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Big bang, big disappointment :)

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 17:04 0 Comments

Four weeks of crazy work,  turning the spare room into a culture lab and time lapse studio I made enough culture for two thousand people and I should be there with my friends and colleagues on the stand inspiring the next generation of scientists,  slime fans and eccentrics.  

Unfortunately I'm stuck on a hospital ward with fifty stitches in my neck waiting until I'm allowed home. So it goes I suppose but damn I was looking forward to the Big Bang Fair,  I couldn't even bring a slime…

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Plotting and planning....

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 11:31 0 Comments

Getting involved with several schools in my area running STEM club activities - I'm trying to design a six week course on our dear sticky friend that'll be adaptable to ages 12-17. Looks like it'll be fun ( and a lot of work ). My own cultures have been dormant for a while aside from raising the odd batch but I should start playing again soon. 

Raising slime again..

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 14:17 0 Comments

Blimey it's been a while, we've got the finals lab projects for the students at work on at the moment so I'm not getting time to play. I've got a session with 95 school kids booked in in June so I'm raising as much slime as I can cope with in preparation for that. 

I'm planning on getting them to make Plasticine mazes in petri dishes for their cultures so they've something to take home.

I've also got these intriguing mycena cholorophos spores ( a glowing mushroom ),…

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Distracted but plodding away

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 8:00 0 Comments

Having builders round with the tendency to turn off the electric several times a day has slowed me down a bit - I can't shoot timelapse so I've been working away at the 250gb of images so far adding zooms and pans to the footage. Catching spore formation still eludes me but I've hit the science journals and found out that niacin encourages spore formation so I might be spending the weekend painting rotting bits of wood with it. 

I've had a short film maker approach me over the…

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