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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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Accessible sessions - visual impairment

Started Dec 2, 2020 0 Replies

I'm looking at devising some sessions for people with visual difficulties. I've found a slime grown on thin card bakes nicely at 100C to leave a tactile surface - even better if it's fixed in alum…Continue

Hello New Members!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Lowe Dec 8, 2020. 7 Replies

We've had four new members over the last couple of days, by Slimoco standards, that's a rush!I figure we need an intro thread. New member or old, feel free to post to say hello!Continue

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Heather Barnett commented on ian's status
"Hi Ian, I'm happy to host again. We could set up break out groups for smaller conversations depending on what people want to talk about and how many people come. I guess Saturdays are the most likely day to catch people. A Saturday in June…"
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ian replied to Nick Largey's discussion First timer in the slime mould department
"Hi It looks like you've got yeast, bacteria and little else, I don't think it ever woke up. If you have sclerotia left I'd try waking it on a piece of wet kitchen paper with an oat directly on top, or get fresh sclerotia cheers Ian"
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Judit Eszter replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi Ian, A few days ago I've found the amazing, one and only slime mould collective, and Im so grateful for it, because I was very much in search for slime mould since a long time. A little about the background story. Currently I am part of a…"
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Thea N replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"I just made an account today! I’ve been super into slime molds ever since seeing a documentary on them. It’d be fantastic for me to get ahold of some to experiment with, and maybe even win my high school’s science fair! I’ve…"
Apr 9
ian replied to Kristina's discussion Newbie in the moisture chamber
"Cute! What colour was the plasmodium? I'll have a look through the books when I get home "
Apr 1
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ian replied to Terry's discussion Slime mould spurs
"Hi  Spores only form when the slime is exposed to light for a few days, they take about a week to form and are dormant until they've been dried for a few weeks so you've plenty of time to deal with them.  They're not known…"
Mar 25
Sarah Vitak replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"That sounds super cool! Would love to see updates on how it goes!"
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Slime maze game

"If you painted the wall tops with something it didn't like and filled the paths with clay, I bet it'd work. I wonder if it knows it's on a curved surface? "
Mar 18
Bryce Warnes replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hi! I'd like to teach a slime how to write poetry. If a human poet can choose how to chain words together, why can't physarum? The easiest entry point into this project: a series of branching paths connecting words, each word baited with…"
Mar 15

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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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