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Caca de luna!

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Aug 17. 2 Replies

There's a lot of this around my way at the moment - a few weeks of very wet followed by a heat wave has got them moving. They crop up usually on alder or pines near water. I've never spotted a…Continue

Hello new members and old esp SYSK listeners Slimefest anyone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Jun 11. 2 Replies

Hello and a special welcome to the Stuff You Should Know fansfor people who haven't heard it, they did a great podcast on slimes - …Continue

Let it glow!

Started this discussion. Last reply by slimebob Mar 11. 1 Reply

So this failed in a neat way - feeding physarum on 1% fluorescein. Turns our slimes own pigments are such strong uv absorbers that the dye doesn't get a look in. But, where the slime's started to…Continue

Time lapse with Maths output!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bradley Lauterbach Feb 26. 2 Replies't know why the 'add video' isn't working but here's a link. This Physarum rigidum meeting…Continue

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ian replied to AndyGadget's discussion JPG to Video Software.
"If you want something more capable, Hitfilm express does a very nice job and so does Shotcut, I switched to shotcut because I can also use it on Linux, both enable you to pan and zoom around the shot a bit "
ian replied to AndyGadget's discussion SPAM Message
"Grrrr. Their application said they wanted to grow slimes, who'd have thought a scammer would lie about such things? Makes me want to come up with a slime related scam now.....( strictly for fun)"
Oct 15
ian replied to AndyGadget's discussion Effect of temperature on slime mould growth.
"I grow mine at 25ish - where the doubling time is about 10 hours, at 15C it's more like 20hours. If you shove one in the fridge it'll basically stop - but not die. At 35 physarum liquefies and stinks ( thermostat mishap). You've…"
Oct 15
ian commented on AndyGadget's photo

Is this a wolf's milk slime mould fruiting body?

"Hi The texture looks a little rough. If you give 'em a poke with a finger ( not too hard ), the fruiting bodies feel kinda like a rubber ball filled with liquid whereas proper fungi tend to feel solid. If the white strands around the edge look…"
Oct 15
ian replied to Mimi Osborne's discussion growing Physarum Polycephalum
"Hi You're not feeding enough. Don't scatter the oats, feed them in a clump and as soon as the slime has covered them add more - and roughly double the amount. Each time you feed ( twice a day at 20C) add the new oats in a ring around the…"
Oct 13
AndyGadget liked ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
Oct 8
AndyGadget replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi Ian, my first post and it's a request for a physarum culture to get me going.  I've a few ideas for testing the slimy beast to gauge the extent of it's sensory capabilities.  Nothing too technical, just the designs of an…"
Oct 8
W Ahmed replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"We are trying to show creation of protoplasmic tubes as electrical wires by replicating papers that have done this in the past. We hope to create a sustainable energy source, however small, that comes directly from nature. If that is possible, we…"
Oct 6
Dustin Eirdosh replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi - I am the education innovation coordinator at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, working on new ways to teach about the evolution of cooperation and collective intelligence. We are eager to keep a supply of physarum for our…"
Oct 4
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Connor Mizell replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hello! I am a New Media art student at the College of Visual Arts and Design in North Texas. I am interested in cultivating Physarum for a project where the slime mold will actively grow across a 3D printed sculpture, becoming apart of the piece…"
Oct 1
ian replied to An's discussion Music Video - we would like you to participate
"Hi I have plenty of footage, I'll message you with details "
Sep 29
ian replied to Aaron Cottle's discussion Physarium nutrition
"Welcome to the to the forums. They're generally fine on oats, I don't use anything else and I've been growing them in bulk for years with no issues. They do like other things though and usually avoid things that are harmful. Powdered…"
Sep 29
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Sep 27
Mattias Bolin replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hey I am just asking for later, where can you send this slime mold? Is it possible to ship it to Sweden?"
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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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