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Food

I'm doing some projects with physarum polycephalum but I confronted on some problems.

I bought oat flour(not a flake).

To feed them, I made oat porridge(25g oat/ 50ml water, sticky).

It's totally okay until second day of the experiement. But about on the third day, unknown white filamentous fungi grows on the oat porridge.

Maybe I think the reason is 'humid state of oat'.

But I want to do my experiment with oat flour(beacuse there are so much oat…

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Added by mint taste slime mould on April 13, 2018 at 4:20 — 1 Comment

HELP ME

1. habitat

I put sclerotia(thanks to ian) in a petri dish(with no medium) with wetted tissue then give them some cornflakes and let them in the warm and dark place. After two days, they grew up that take most place of petri dish. But after 4th days, they started to make spores. During that days, I just don't do anything except for exposing them in light for short times. what's wrong with them?

Before they make spores, i subcultured them to petri dish(with potato…

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Added by mint taste slime mould on April 5, 2018 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

Help Culturing Physarum Polycephalum Directly onto 3D Printed Surfaces

I am currently attempting to culture physarum polycephalum directly onto 3D printed surfaces without the application of agar. I have had luck previously creating cultures on agar coated surfaces, but I can achieve a higher resolution without the coat and have spoken with researchers who have claimed to accomplish this.

Environment: enclosure is kept at 70% humidity, 72 degrees, and contains a HEPA air filter for circulation and decontamination. Light is low, it's in a basement…

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Added by Nicolas on March 29, 2018 at 14:46 — 3 Comments

Slime mould and body intelligence

I work with somatic research in a poetic way and have found slime mould's properties to be a source of inspiration in this practice. I did a residency in Japan where mould is plentiful due to the humid and warm climate. The moulds and fungi became my collaborators and so I'm wishing to continue this collaboration with the non-human.

Added by Dominique Baron-Bonarjee on March 15, 2018 at 10:55 — 1 Comment

Me and slime

I've seen slime in 2015, but just now realize how I want to collaborate with it!. I'm a new media artist and been working with magnetic fluids and starch and what not to generate forms through the use of circuits, magnets, vibes and human interactions. I can't wait to use the slime to do just that but on cloth... I hope Ian, you can send some my mail, since I can't get it here in Israel. I'll be posting my experiments once we and the little yellow fellows finally meet.

Added by Tamar Schori on March 11, 2018 at 8:38 — No Comments

About Physarum polycephalum.

I want to know more about the Physarum polycephalum. But I can't find anything about them on the Internet.

Is there anybody who know more about the Physarum polycephalum? Please share the website relate with it for me.

Added by mint taste slime mould on March 8, 2018 at 11:39 — 1 Comment

My blog

Hello ! I finished my experiments with Physarum polycephalum, and I share the results in a blog : http://blob.ytterbium.eu/ , if you want to see my group's work for 6 monthes. We made videos and photos, but the blog is in french...

Added by Eline Balland on March 4, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments

I want to ask you something about Physarum polycephalum.

Hi. I am new member of slimoco. I'm going to start the small project about Physarum polycephalum.

So  I want to ask you something.

(I am not that good at English. So please understand my messy post.)

 First of the project, I'm going to observe the behavior of  Physarum polycephalum.

And then analyze that to make a algorithm. Through that algorithm, I will make a code.

Q 1. To do that, maybe I must have the Physarum polycephalum.…

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Added by mint taste slime mould on February 27, 2018 at 12:59 — 1 Comment

Strange Slime mould

I soaked rice in salt / bleach water, then autoclaved it thinking this would act as a barrier but the slime mould still went for it. (I didn't feed it for 2 days maybe it was desperate) The brown long stuff is valerian root, I read this thing that they go crazy for it. In other Petri dishes it did…

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Added by Jasmin Marker on February 20, 2018 at 22:00 — No Comments

My First Post - And I Am Immediately Confused - Looking For Any Input On These Specimens, As well As More Comprehensive Reading Materials

Hello everyone,

I am new to the collective and merely a mostly mycology, but very recently myxomycetes, hobbyist. I made a very light hobby for a long while of identifying mushrooms, but in the last six months I've started to try and dive a little deeper into things. That's how I discovered myxomycetes and slime molds - found my first M.vesparium while looking inexplicably closely at a random log and it piqued my interest. Now, I've read a VERY introductory book, - The…

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Added by David Blondell on January 12, 2018 at 4:00 — 6 Comments

Christmas special

My slime mold housemate and I did a Christmas special, for your entertainment. Happy holidays!

Added by Jan-Maarten Luursema on December 26, 2017 at 16:20 — No Comments

Slime mold Andi on Medium

Using an oatmeal-laden Ouija board, I am having a very slow conversation with our live-in slime mold Andi. I started a record of these back and forths on Medium. Anyone interested can join the conversation, here's how!…

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Added by Jan-Maarten Luursema on November 21, 2017 at 19:39 — No Comments

Theia's Mammon: Skoni's Ikon

Theia's Mammon: Skoni's Ikon (https://thefamoussandhogs.bandcamp.com/album/theias-mammon-skonis-ikon)



Ch.1 – The Book of Skoni



When the first sorus opened and Skoni’s cells spread out to make all that there is or ever will be, her sora floated down on Theia and merged to form five children. Her soral shell fell into the Skonisphere and became Skoni’s Heart so that her children would be… Continue

Added by The Famous Sandhogs on September 23, 2017 at 12:07 — No Comments

population density effect on network formation

Sensor Offset :1

Sensor Offset :3…

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Added by Roxane Fallah on September 11, 2017 at 4:51 — No Comments

On enclosures

When I started to work with P. Polycephalum I build an elevated, acrylate enclosure that allowed me to slip pieces of paper underneath to help me create designs of oatmeal, along the lines of the famous Tokyo subway experiment. It looked like this:…

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Added by Jan-Maarten Luursema on July 24, 2017 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Substrate experiment

To curb Physarum Polycephalum's (for convenience known as Andi in our household) tendency to wander, I have used a 'moat', a ring of high-salt agar around its standard agar living area. This works fine, only is somewhat labor intensive to maintain and also harms Andi, who keeps burning itself trying to go where no slime mold went before.



I experimented with four alternative substrates to replace the salty agar: 1. felt, thinking this would interfere with its creeping motion; 2.…

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Added by Jan-Maarten Luursema on July 22, 2017 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

growth simulation

growth simulation

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Added by Roxane Fallah on June 29, 2017 at 1:30 — No Comments

Raising from Spores - Zero Tech Method

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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Added by ian on April 11, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Experiment begins

My experiment: …

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Added by Roxane Fallah on March 1, 2017 at 3:00 — No Comments

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