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Caca de luna!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nuno Jul 2. 1 Reply

There's a lot of this around my way at the moment - a few weeks of very wet followed by a heat wave has got them moving. They crop up usually on alder or pines near water. I've never spotted a…Continue

Hello new members and old esp SYSK listeners Slimefest anyone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Jun 11. 2 Replies

Hello and a special welcome to the Stuff You Should Know fansfor people who haven't heard it, they did a great podcast on slimes - …Continue

Let it glow!

Started this discussion. Last reply by slimebob Mar 11. 1 Reply

So this failed in a neat way - feeding physarum on 1% fluorescein. Turns our slimes own pigments are such strong uv absorbers that the dye doesn't get a look in. But, where the slime's started to…Continue

Time lapse with Maths output!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bradley Lauterbach Feb 26. 2 Replies't know why the 'add video' isn't working but here's a link. This Physarum rigidum meeting…Continue

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Kyra replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi Ian, just like others on here I heard about your slime mould collective project through SYSK and after reading about it on your Google drive document I became instantly obsessed! These little (and big) things are so fascinating! I'd love to…"
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"Hello Ian! Were you ever able to grow a Physarum out of spores? I'm really curious about this. I also read your great Manifesto and noticed that you consider the Physarum done as soon as it grows fruiting bodies. Thanks!"
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"Hello everyone!Thank you so much for accepting me.After watching a documentary I became really fascinated by Physarum and read through everything I could find online.I'm really happy to finally have found this forum, where people actively share…"
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Kelley Schmedtje replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hello, Ian! I, too, learned about slime mold from Stuff You Should Know. I am absolutely fascinated! My daughter and I would love to take care of some and see what it can do! I also think my preschool students would love to learn about them. We…"
Jun 23
April replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi, I heard the SYSK on slime mould and I'm super intrigued. My 8 year old and I would love a baby slime mould to nurtue & learn about. I already have lots of oat flakes in the house as well as petri dishes and agar from when I taught my…"
Jun 23
Nate Birch replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"I'm going to live with my sibling and his kids over the summer. I am planning of doing lots of cool biology things with them (also for me). I've grown one slime for a college lab so I know how much fun they can be to watch and feed. So Ian…"
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"Hi there, listened to the stuff you should know episode on POGs in the 90s, where your listener mail was red. I had to sign up for your page. These little creatures are so fastcinating. I red in the your blog that someone is working on how to obtain…"
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I'm a professional microscopist and amateur time lapse filmer. I'm looking forward to combining both disciplines with these fascinating organisms
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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…


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…


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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