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Jan-Maarten Luursema's Blog (4)

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!…


Added by Jan-Maarten Luursema on November 21, 2017 at 19:39 — 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:…


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.…


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

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