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Slime deliver update

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Jun 7. 2 Replies

A delivery update - I owe a lot of people slime, I'm working on it but I've spent the last 2 weeks moving the slimery out of the study to make space for someone from Ukraine. Normal service will…Continue

Setting up a show stand

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Feb 10. 2 Replies

I'm jumping into the Slice of Science festival at Warwick Univ. on 13th March - alarmingly short notice!I have to come up with a stand in a hurry. Luckily I've done this before. The hard bit will be…Continue

Colour variation

Started Feb 7 0 Replies

It's a bit more obvious to the eye but kinda shows up on camera, there's a fair bit of variation in pigment intensity between some strains.  I had a quick play with chromatography over 2020 and it…Continue

Slime mould manifesto new edition

Started this discussion. Last reply by superuser Jan 27. 1 Reply

Just updated it with detailed instructions on making sclerotia - http://www.tinyurl,com/slimemanifestoIt's probably…Continue

 

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ian replied to Skadi's discussion Physerum in Water
"Not sure I follow, Palladium?"
Friday
ian replied to Skadi's discussion Physerum in Water
"From Dirasat, Pure Sciences, Volume 34, No. 2, 2007Effect of Lead on Growth,Viability and Structure of the Slime Mold Physarum polycephalumZiad A. Shraideh * Physiological Salt Solution (PSS)  6.0 mM NaCl, 3.0 mM KCl, 1.0 mM CaCl2 ,0.1…"
Wednesday
ian replied to Skadi's discussion Physerum in Water
"Hi You need an osmotically neutral solution to keep them submerged for long, I'll try to find the recipe. Yes they sense pH and salt concentrations"
Wednesday
ian replied to ian's discussion Slime deliver update
"Hi I have a habit of drifting away from the internet for weeks at a time I shall reboot slime production today - had a lot of problems keeping warmth consistent and drying stuff out in the new room. "
Jun 7
Aimee replied to ian's discussion Slime deliver update
"Hey I'm a new member, also only a few months into slime molds! I JUST posted asking if anyone knows where to get samples of slimes to grow at home. I want to have slime pets/experiments so bad! Any info would be very much appreciated! Excited…"
May 26
Skadi replied to ian's discussion Genesis of the mutants - or shuffle my base pairs please!
"Haha . "Damage the fuck out of them so they mutate faster" is my kind of logic . Right now i·m working on a similar project , whereas in mine i·m using meltwater from heavily polluted snow to create an environment swimming…"
Mar 25
Julian Northey replied to ian's discussion Genesis of the mutants - or shuffle my base pairs please!
"Hi Ian, Please keep us posted on the progress of your mutagenesis and forward genetics experiment/s."
Mar 25
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Slime deliver update

A delivery update - I owe a lot of people slime, I'm working on it but I've spent the last 2 weeks moving the slimery out of the study to make space for someone from Ukraine. Normal service will resume tomorrow (ie I'll post stuff)See More
Mar 23
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Mar 14
ian replied to Waylynn's discussion New!
"I've written up a few notes on natural looking terraria, I'll add them to the Slime Manifesto. "
Mar 12
ian replied to Maxwell's discussion I'm new to slime molds and need help on how to grow them from spores
"That's the way! If you make your lighting oblique, you should be able to pick out the trails in the bacterial lawn cleared by the myxamoebae"
Mar 11
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ian replied to Waylynn's discussion New!
"Hi Tell us what your plans are for them, drop me a message and I'll post some to you :) "
Mar 7
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ian replied to Maxwell's discussion I'm new to slime molds and need help on how to grow them from spores
"Yep rolled oats. When I say powdered I mean crush it in your fingers. By the way, what microscope are you using? "
Mar 3
ian replied to Maxwell's discussion I'm new to slime molds and need help on how to grow them from spores
"Hi  Patience! Myxomycetes are actually quite happy being unicellular - this process takes weeks.  I've only worked with physarum, badhamia and a white thing I couldn't ID successfully though I have Enteridum amoeba on the go at…"
Mar 2

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hardboiledparrot
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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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warwick
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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…

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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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