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I started getting into Physarum last year - I've worked with the cellular slime mold dictyostelium before and I was asked to prepare some slime mold time lapse footage for some public lectures. Seeing as we'd finished the dicty work and they're quite dull I decided to get a more entertaining organism. Once I'd finished the film footage I'd grown quite fond of them and started keeping a culture or two going in the lab, and then at home.
I work with microscopes- my day job…Continue
SPECIAL SESSION on Slime Mould Computers:
Prototypes, Models, Algorithms and Applications organised by Andrew Adamatsky at
The 13th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2015), York, UK
Theme of: Embodiment, Interaction, Conversation
20-24 July 2015
Submission of papers: Monday 2nd March, 2015…
Added by Heather Barnett on January 25, 2015 at 12:57 — No Comments
"Opens a door you would never have opened on your own"
Great podcast review of slime mould documentary The Creeping Garden
Added by Heather Barnett on November 22, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments
I have a visiting scientist (Dr. Hanh Tran) from Vietnam who is spending this academic year at the University of Arkansas. She is currently working with Physarum polycephalum. We have the Carolina Biological strain and one wild strain collected locally but would like to have 2-3 additional strains. If anyone could send me a small portion of a sclerotium in an envelope, it would be greatly appreciated. My mailing address can be found on the University of Arkansas web site.
Hi everyone! I am new here and am wondering if there are any other teachers who use slime mold in their classes. I teach AP biology at a high school in Phoenix, AZ, and am interested in incorporating slime molds into my classes in reference to cell communication.
I am also curious how and where you order slime mold.
Hello. I am a photographer who specialises in fungi and nature photography. In my search for fungi I often come across slime mould and I find it fascinating. I do not grow the slime mould in Petri dishes, but I do sometimes observe the growth on old fallen wood or other substrate, as it competes for food with other animals, plants or fungi. Here are some still photos I have taken of some of our local (Eastern Australian) slime mould.…Continue
Thanks to everyone who contributed to my slime mould talk at the recent TEDSalon Berlin event. The slime moulds (and me) were warmly received! Here's a mini review from the event: http://blog.ted.com/2014/06/24/7-things-i-learned-at-the-tedsalon-berlin/
I'll post notes and links from the talk here soon.
Added by Heather Barnett on June 27, 2014 at 9:58 — No Comments
I am trying to grow my Slime Mould, it was growing great but suddenly stopped. I think it dried out, so I add some boiled water (cold), cleaned the Petri Dish and gave it new oats, nothing happened. Then I change to a agar base, but nothing happens. Maybe I used the wrong agar, but it stopped growing and I think its getting really mouldy. :(
Here is a picture of my pet in the agar.
Here is the link of the process: …Continue
i'm doing an experiment with slime mold but i don't know where know where to get some, can anyone help me out?!?!Continue
For anyone in London next weekend, I am giving a talk and running a workshop on Physarum polycephalum.
Saturday 25 January 2014, 11.30-14.00
Full info and booking at: https://www.societyofbiology.org/events?event_id=313
The talk will introduce the biology and diverse areas of research working with Physarum as a model organism, and I will talk about my studio practice (studies and…Continue
Added by Heather Barnett on January 19, 2014 at 16:46 — No Comments
If you are in Rotterdam on Friday 27 September we are running an experiment to see if humans can follow a few simple behavioural rules of the plasmodial slime mould in order to communicate, navigate and cooperate.
We are inviting people to participant and become a human slime mould super-cell, or come along to observe what happens.
Info and booking at:beingslimemould.eventbrite.com
Added by Heather Barnett on September 21, 2013 at 11:23 — No Comments
Coming up in Rotterdam Sept-Jan...
slimoco exhibits a three part interactive installation 'Being Slime Mould: observation, simulation, enactment', as part of 'BIODESIGN
On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity' at New Institute, Rotterdam.…
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I have found that the use of EVM (Eulerian Video Magnification) can improve looks and shape of physarum videos. I therefore give an URL of a split screen EVM which I have recently done.
Added by Dr. John Yates on May 20, 2013 at 6:51 — No Comments
I recently received two nice and healthy petri dishes of Physarum from the USA to work with, but after a few days, and almost overnight, they changed from lively succulent plasmodium specimens to sclerotium, and have been totally static for days. I have rehoused parts of them in fresh agar filled petri dishes but they are also inactive. I even added a drop of purified water to see if they were in need of rehydration, but still no change. I am rather traumatised that I have not looked after…Continue
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Check out this BBC4 documentary on the science of decay. There's a decent section on slime moulds, including Bruce Ing foraging for them in the woods, the Tokyo transport network experiment and Soichiro Tsuda's physarum controlled robot. Some gorgeous time lapse's too.
Catch it on iPlayer for another 5 days...
Added by Heather Barnett on May 5, 2012 at 10:05 — No Comments
Just as I'm about to do a bit of work with the slime mould it decides to get all reproductive on me. Am I normal?
Added by Sarah Roberts on February 25, 2012 at 11:44 — No Comments
Had a great outing today to the MA Art & Science @ CSM, London. Thanks for having me. Please add photos of your Physarum polycephalum experiments here and let us know if they do anything interesting or unusual. The collective animation we made during the day is on here and YouTube.
Thanks again for a great day.
Added by Heather Barnett on November 21, 2011 at 22:43 — No Comments
I took some Physarum to the Margate Photo Festival last weekend and invited visitors to feed it with a variety of substances to establish likes and dislikes. Obvious liking for oats and rice, pasta and flour; distinct dislike for alka seltzer, ibuprofen and bicarbinate of soda; but I'm not too sure about tobacco and chilli powder (it seemed to investigate seriously but not engulf). Worth further investigation, with a closer position...
Thanks to all those who fed the slime…Continue
Added by Heather Barnett on August 19, 2011 at 13:01 — No Comments