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Do sllime molds die?

When I talk about slime molds, people will often want to know whether (and how) they die. I asked slime mold Andi, who pulls no punches on this one…

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Added by Jan-Maarten Luursema on July 2, 2019 at 21:50 — No Comments

Slime mould art projects

I have been working with slime mould this year as part of my art degree at Lancaster University. Thank you Ian for the slime mould!…

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Added by Núria Rovira Terradas on April 12, 2019 at 16:42 — No Comments

Using Physarum polycephalum to solve the insulin crisis

Hi guys!

I'm very happy to finally join this community. I've read posts, watched videos, and had many questions answered here for years. I've worked with slime mould, specifically Physarum polycephalum, for over eight years now. I am continually astonished by the amazing abilities and beauty of these creatures.

Recently, I completed and patented a method of producing insulin rapidly and efficiently with Physarum in answer to the insulin crisis. Now…

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Added by Connor David Behr on April 8, 2019 at 18:48 — No Comments

Need help: starting a slime mould culture

Dear colleagues, I got a Physarum polycephalum culture to start my own. It is a dry fungus on a paper peace. How to start a plate culture from it? what are the best growing conditions? (i have an access to simple microbiological media and a sterile workbench) Thank you in advance!!!

Added by Anastasia Bragina on December 10, 2018 at 17:28 — 1 Comment

Hello World!

Hello World from Annelie Wallin on Vimeo.

7 days time-laps photography of a slime mold; Physarum Polycephalum, creating beautiful patterns of network when searching for food. Photo by…

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Added by Annelie Wallin on November 4, 2018 at 19:13 — No Comments

P. Polycephalum in London next week, opening Tuesday 18

Michael Sedbon and myself will be showing works co-created with slime molds at the Biodesign Here Now festival in London next week. It would be great to see you, should you be around!

Added by Jan-Maarten Luursema on September 13, 2018 at 22:09 — No Comments

QUESTION ABOUT PHYSARUM

Does Physarum Polycephalum decompose lignin and cellulose? 

Added by mint taste slime mould on July 21, 2018 at 6:44 — 1 Comment

Help??

Hello, I am a college student in Chicago Illinois who loves all things slime moulds and is interested in incorporating them into my art pieces (i'm studying Design at Columbia College Chicago). My only problem is--where/how can I access these lil dudes? I've noticed almost all of you are based in the UK (?) and I have no idea where to even start looking for moulds.

Any and all help is appreciated !!!!

Added by Alexander Ludlam on July 12, 2018 at 15:47 — 1 Comment

Let me know about something.

We're going to do something with physarum. At this time, we will search what smells physarum likes. 

If some precedent study exist, please let me know!

Added by mint taste slime mould on June 19, 2018 at 11:31 — 1 Comment

I won science fair.

We won a prize at small science fair with the topic about physarum pholycephalum. So we are going to participate bigger fair with same topic. I will share our project's activities on this website very soon. Thanks to every member about let me know the various information about slime. Thank you.
cheers!
(Special thanks to ian.)
Ji Yong Jeong

Added by mint taste slime mould on May 29, 2018 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

Q. Eva - Would you like to be eaten?

In the ongoing conversation between people and slime molds, using an oats-laden Ouija board, Eva asked my resident slime mold whether it would like to be eaten.

Apparently, it considers excess itself being eaten as a form of dieting. However, ritual needs to be observed, including oboe music ->…

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Added by Jan-Maarten Luursema on April 20, 2018 at 14:06 — 3 Comments

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

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