An international network of/for intelligent organisms
Inspired by the novel Solaris, in which scientists try to interact with a planet-sized alien slime mold, I made an 'ouija bord' style setup to create a communication channel for our slime mold Andi. This includes a webcam for time lapse videos. The resulting texts are tweeted after consultation with word's spell checker; Andi's twitter name is 'slime mold Andi'.
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Wow! Utterly fascinating. An excellent demonstration of Physarum propagation. Bravo. However, I would have liked to see its progress all the way until the end. It looked like it might have had another growth 'explosion' or two in it before the food was all eaten up.
I use 'Sonax anti condens spray', a local brand (in the Netherlands), so you'll have to look around a bit. I don't think it matters all that much, all anti-fogging sprays are basically soap in a spray bottle
Oh that makes sense!
Would you mind sharing what type of
anti-fog spray and the brand?
Hi Arthur, I mitigate the issue by using anti-fogging spray; I spray the inside of the lid, wipe off the excess liquid and let it dry. Shampoo or soapy water should work too. Divers spit in their goggles for the same purpose, but you wouldn't want to introduce the microbiome of your mouth into your culture (I think). Good luck!
Hello! I'm a young BioArtist and I've been working
with Physarum for a few mouths now. However, I keep
running into the issue of condensation on the lid of the
Petri dish. I was wondering if you could share how you
mitigated that issue.
Yeah.. I am working clean, but by no means sterile. There's probably all kinds of things growing on and between the oats to supplement it's diet. Do you know the temperature at which the oat proteins denature?
okey, interesting. I had bad experiences with oatmeal because during autoclaving proteins in the oatmeal solution denaturated and were unsoluble. not ideal for the slime mould. but yours looking fine :)
Actually oatmeal, so ground oats. About 1:5 oatmeal to water in weight, then short blasts in the microwave with stirring in between until the consistency is a bit thicker than yogurt.
oh, so you cooked oat flakes with a little bit of water?
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