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Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?

Started this discussion. Last reply by RyChu Apr 22. 12 Replies

A big update, now with more eye candy, growing from spores, science history and 10% more oats than other leading brands. …Continue

Slime culture posting - What to expect

Started Oct 17, 2022 0 Replies

Hi Folks, I'm not great at going online regularly but I do keep an eye out for requests. I'm managing to post out cultures every 2 weeks, if I'm low on stock it might take me three weeks to raise…Continue

Slime back in production!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Justin Couvrette Jul 18, 2022. 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, 2022. 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


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"Oh the places we could go, if we get the slime mould to grow…science abounds in multiple rounds of Earth, Social, Psychological, Biological, Behavioral…limited only by our own creativity…can we recreate the nativity? Perhaps…"
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Sarah Gracen replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"I ordered slime mold from ebay or etsy or something like that a year ago and finally tried to wake it up last week. I got three slimes on paper and so far none of them have awakened. They just get smelly. (I have them in a plastic container with a…"
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Ilvy Adams replied to ian's discussion How to get a physarum culture
"Hey! This message made my fingers itchy... I would love to get a physarum culture to nurture, give love, treats, and build a disinfected oat utopia for them. I would make them feel like the most loved being in the universe and life with them as if…"
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ian replied to ian's discussion Slime manifesto 6th edition fancy a proof read?
"I wish I'd never drawn attention to it, they are really unhappy with the foreword, surely 'all education should be free and available to anyone and all scientific information should freely available' isn't an extreme view? Good…"
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"Hi, I have always been fasinated by the oranagic shapes that molds and funguses create. I would like to keep a slime mold as insperation for art and crafts. They ways they manage to form soft, but such striking shapes is very visually pleasing for…"
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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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