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Slime back in production!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Justin Couvrette Jul 18. 2 Replies

I've slimes available to post again - fresh off the drying rack and itching to explore the world.At the moment just Daywalker but I'll rear some of the others soon. Continue

Slime deliver update

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Jun 7. 2 Replies

A delivery update - I owe a lot of people slime, I'm working on it but I've spent the last 2 weeks moving the slimery out of the study to make space for someone from Ukraine. Normal service will…Continue

Setting up a show stand

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Feb 10. 2 Replies

I'm jumping into the Slice of Science festival at Warwick Univ. on 13th March - alarmingly short notice!I have to come up with a stand in a hurry. Luckily I've done this before. The hard bit will be…Continue

Colour variation

Started Feb 7 0 Replies

It's a bit more obvious to the eye but kinda shows up on camera, there's a fair bit of variation in pigment intensity between some strains.  I had a quick play with chromatography over 2020 and it…Continue

 

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Kaysen liked ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
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Kaysen replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hello! Im a new member and fascinated by this little world. I'm currently doing a big paper on slime moulds this year for my interdisciplinary course about Information, Communication and Cognition", and would love to get some to grow at…"
Saturday
Karen Hennessey replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"While developing my Transition year Biology modules last year I came across an Amazing Ted Talk on Slime Mould. I was not sure how my classes would respond as the other teachers were dissecting cool stuff like hearts and kidneys. When two of of my…"
Saturday
ian replied to crypticgimmick's discussion Hello! And some beginner questions
"Hi Sorry I only just noticed this. Honestly for budget I'd go for one of the Wifi microscopes at around 30 quid - it gives you a reasonable image quality and with a little ingenuity ( like using an auto screen clicker app ) you can use it to…"
Thursday
ian replied to Maxwell's discussion Help with myxamoeba encystment and plasmodia formation
"Hi Feed them bugs! the myxamoeba like a lawn of bacteria to feed off - I make a suspension of 1 oat per ml in water, let it sit a few days and pipette about 50 microlitres onto the dish when I add spores.  It can takes weeks to months for…"
Sep 8
Dr. Angela Wölfel replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Came for the blob, stayed for the hilariously witty writing ;)"
Sep 5
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Sue Maris replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi, Just allowing my interest in slime moulds free rein. Attempting to keep a Fuligo septica alive on a decaying tree in our garden. I’m hoping to film it as comes together to form a large slime mould. Would love to have the opportunity to own…"
Aug 22
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Kas Deamer replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Heya, I'm not sure if you're still doing this but I would love to get some slime mould. I'm going into my 3rd year studdying illustration and I'm really interested in creating some live art- showing people the intelligence and…"
Aug 21
nick stevens replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi, I am a PhD student in Norway looking into sustainability and digital systems . I am interested in exploring Slime moulds and circuits based on the work of Andrew Adamatzky at Bristol university. It sounds like a fascinating way of constructing…"
Aug 11
ian replied to Zander Chierici's discussion Any tips on finding an affordable camera making slime time lapses?
"I'm using the standard kit lenses - 18-55mm, about 40cm above the tray you can get a 30x30cm field of view, I run assays either on a whole plate of agar or on 5x5cm agar squares with a paper top ( eliminates problems with shrinkage ). I used to…"
Jul 20
Justin Couvrette replied to ian's discussion Slime back in production!
"Interested and messaged!"
Jul 18
ian replied to Zander Chierici's discussion Any tips on finding an affordable camera making slime time lapses?
"Hi I use Canon eos-m's - fairly cheap second hand and they run magic lantern so you can time lapse with long exposure. If you're thinking of Ir just to keep slimes happy, Amber leds are a lot easier - physarum can't see light…"
Jul 4
Agostoni replied to ian's discussion Slime back in production!
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Slime back in production!

I've slimes available to post again - fresh off the drying rack and itching to explore the world.At the moment just Daywalker but I'll rear some of the others soon. See More
Jun 28

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At 15:36 on October 10, 2019, Sean said…
Hello! Thank you for the warm welcome! I’m excited to get working with some slime mould. Just spent the day hunting/photographing some in Epping forest but pretty sure I got 95% mushrooms. Any chance I could send you some pictures of what I think are slime mould spore capsules for your opinion?
At 21:03 on January 16, 2018, Kendra Fanconi said…

Oh that would be amazing. I was looking at ordering it from the US. Is there any issue with getting it through customs? 

At 16:05 on October 27, 2015, Marijn Roelvink said…
We received the Physarum today, thanks a lot!
At 12:19 on October 14, 2015, Marijn Roelvink said…
Hi Ian, thank you for wanting to send the Physarum, I was just wondering if you could tell me when they will arrive, it'll help a lot with our planning :)
At 10:37 on February 10, 2015, enrico viola said…
I received my samples today: thanks a lot!
At 8:10 on February 3, 2015, enrico viola said…

Sent you a pm with my address; thanks again!

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Raising from Spores - Zero Tech Method

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 13:30 0 Comments

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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Big bang, big disappointment :)

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 17:04 0 Comments

Four weeks of crazy work,  turning the spare room into a culture lab and time lapse studio I made enough culture for two thousand people and I should be there with my friends and colleagues on the stand inspiring the next generation of scientists,  slime fans and eccentrics.  

Unfortunately I'm stuck on a hospital ward with fifty stitches in my neck waiting until I'm allowed home. So it goes I suppose but damn I was looking forward to the Big Bang Fair,  I couldn't even bring a slime…

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Plotting and planning....

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 11:31 0 Comments

Getting involved with several schools in my area running STEM club activities - I'm trying to design a six week course on our dear sticky friend that'll be adaptable to ages 12-17. Looks like it'll be fun ( and a lot of work ). My own cultures have been dormant for a while aside from raising the odd batch but I should start playing again soon. 

Raising slime again..

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 14:17 0 Comments

Blimey it's been a while, we've got the finals lab projects for the students at work on at the moment so I'm not getting time to play. I've got a session with 95 school kids booked in in June so I'm raising as much slime as I can cope with in preparation for that. 

I'm planning on getting them to make Plasticine mazes in petri dishes for their cultures so they've something to take home.

I've also got these intriguing mycena cholorophos spores ( a glowing mushroom ),…

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