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Accessible sessions - visual impairment

Started on Wednesday 0 Replies

I'm looking at devising some sessions for people with visual difficulties. I've found a slime grown on thin card bakes nicely at 100C to leave a tactile surface - even better if it's fixed in alum…Continue

Hello New Members!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Amy Pence yesterday. 5 Replies

We've had four new members over the last couple of days, by Slimoco standards, that's a rush!I figure we need an intro thread. New member or old, feel free to post to say hello!Continue

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The slime manifesto

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian on Wednesday. 4 Replies

I've added colour and more words to the instructions I send out with the cultures Http:// Continue

Biosecurity again - another level

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Nov 12. 3 Replies

So - my old methods ( spraying with disinfectant/bleach )  turn out to be inadequate for a hundred or so cultures, I found a live slime in the bin - it was quickly dispatched with a dose of bleach…Continue


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Robert Lowe replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"I would love to grow some of your slime! I am teaching a class at Southeast Missouri State University called "Bio-Inspired Computation".  One of the projects we do in that class is a simulation of slime mold growth, and we use it to…"
ian replied to Tymon Zachary's discussion Problems with raising Physarum Polycephalum from sclerotia
"Hi  Your best bet is go for broke - take the whole remaining piece, hydrate it and add some powdered oats straight on top - just a pinch. Keep them at 20c min, when you see growth, feed slowly. It's possible you just got a bad batch of…"
Amy Pence replied to ian's discussion Hello New Members!
"Ah, great!  Many thanks!"
ian replied to Tymon Zachary's discussion Problems with raising Physarum Polycephalum from sclerotia
"Hi What's the strain and how old are the sclerotia? If they're leaking a load of pigment soon after rehydrating, it's the sclerotia that's the problem - comes with an earthy smell. Cold down to 4c won't kill them - I store…"
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ian replied to ian's discussion The slime manifesto
"I hadn't even thought of that! Thanks! "
ian replied to Sarah Vitak's discussion Do individual slime have personalities?
"Hi  Different species vary hugely in what they'll eat, how big they get and how complex a network they'll make but with Physarum polycephalum in mind - I'm working on that.  Thing is almost everybody is working with clone…"
Sarah Vitak replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi Ian! Are you still sending out slime? I would love to get some! I'm interested in doing some interactive slime designs. Normally I would try to take them into public to let people play with them. But given Covid I'm thinking about doing…"
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Sarah Vitak replied to ian's discussion Hello New Members!
"Hi! I'm Sarah. I'm a scientist, artist, and engineer. Currently I do freelance science writing and podcasting. I have a slime project I've been wanting to do for a while. But I'm just now getting started!"
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Heather Barnett replied to ian's discussion The slime manifesto
"Hi Ian, I couldn't see your name anywhere on your manifesto or a contact. If this is shared beyond your direct contacts the origins of the author will get lost and slime santa - sorry, fairy :) - won't be contactable. You've put a lot…"
Amy Pence replied to ian's discussion Hello New Members!
"Hello, I'm Amy, and my interest in slime moulds came from reading about them in Deepak Chopra's new book, Total Meditation. It fueled a new story for me. I am a poet and fiction writer. I have been culturing Physarum for about a month,…"
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I'm a professional microscopist and amateur time lapse filmer. I'm looking forward to combining both disciplines with these fascinating organisms
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At 15:36 on October 10, 2019, Sean said…
Hello! Thank you for the warm welcome! I’m excited to get working with some slime mould. Just spent the day hunting/photographing some in Epping forest but pretty sure I got 95% mushrooms. Any chance I could send you some pictures of what I think are slime mould spore capsules for your opinion?
At 21:03 on January 16, 2018, Kendra Fanconi said…

Oh that would be amazing. I was looking at ordering it from the US. Is there any issue with getting it through customs? 

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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Raising from Spores - Zero Tech Method

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 13:30 0 Comments

I've been looking for a way to rear physarum from spores without resorting to bacterial lawns and needing autoclaves etc.

I've only done a couple of trials but this method seems to work ok, it does require a bit of patience.

I used petri dishes and filter paper but any container and a bit of tissue should work.

The idea is to let the food go off producing bacteria for the amoebal phase to feed off then slowly dry them out so they get persuaded to form…


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…


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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