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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
All, I've just had a message via the forum from a Joseph McLaughlin which bears all the hallmarks of a spam message of the '419' variety; an invitation to share in a large sum of money BUT you will…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