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