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I found this on a dead and dry rotting beech trunk. Approx 5 x 4cm with a thin membrane and filled with what looks like a translucent milky fluid, dry and squidgy to the touch; just like a giant…Continue
I've not done anything with slime moulds for a while but today decided to take Daywalker out for a run in a simulated wild environment. This is the starting point; a supermarket mushroom container…Continue
Can anyone recommend a *FREE* Windows program for converting a set of .JPG images from a time lapse sequence into a video format, preferable GUI rather than command line (a la ffmpeg) orientated.Continue
I haven't started growing a slime mould yet but I was wondering if anyone has studied the effect of temperature on physarum polycephalum. I've seen temperatures of 20 and 25 degrees C as normal…Continue
This week's bout features Maizie the Physarum polycephalum against Larry the Lichen (heritage unknown). Larry is the heavyweight and the younger of the two at a mere 250 million years but it's thought the agility and experience of Maizie (600 million years) will win through. This could turn nasty.
There is a paper detailing how a slime mould can be guided by loading it with ferromagnetic particles and steering it with magnets, but I was wondering whether an un-modified physarum could detect a magnetic field.
I ran a set of 4 time-lapses using a strong magnet (top of picture) and starting conditions as shown in the photo so heading towards the pole would give it a guaranteed food reward. I would expect the slime to preferentially set off towards the pole if it 'learned' that…Continue
Just starting off another time lapse.
I mentioned before that the Physarum seemed to take a long time to get going on the art paper substrate I was using. It did speed up after a bit and I was wondering if it had begun to disregard an unpleasant substance in the paper. The experiment I've just started is to see if this may be the case.
Slime mould A is from the previous run on the art paper.
Slime mould B has only been exposed to clean kitchen tissue.…Continue