Japan scientists hope slime holds intelligence key
A brainless, primeval organism able to navigate a maze might help Japanese scientists devise the ideal transport network design. Not bad for a mono-cellular being that lives on rotting leaves.
What can slime molds offer computing?
Stronger than steel, novel metals are moldable as plastic
(PhysOrg.com) -- Imagine a material that's stronger than steel, but just as versatile as plastic, able to take on a seemingly endless variety of forms. For decades, materials scientists have been trying to ...
College student invents cardboard vacuum cleaner
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new nanocoating ensures a perfectly non-reflecting view on displays and through eyeglasses. The necessary surface structure is applied to the polymeric parts during manufacture, obviating ...
Shrinking blob speeds traveling salesman on his way
Researchers replicate slime mold with brainless amoeboid robot that can move toward an attractant
Getting dust mites to leave homes on their own
House dust mites, nearly microscopic creatures that inhabit every crevice of our lives and make us sneeze, have long been assumed to be solitary in behavior. Now new research has shown that they are actually ...
Slime design mimics Tokyo's rail system
What could human engineers possibly learn from the lowly slime mold? Reliable, cost-efficient network construction, apparently: a recent experiment suggests that Physarum polycephalum, a gelatinous fungus ...
Local icosahedral order in metallic glasses
Study shows slime molds have spatial memory
Researchers synthesize sound from electrical energy of slime mold
Slime mold prefers sleeping pills
Organizing the slime mold
(PhysOrg.com) -- Cells at the tip of the slime mold's fruiting body organize into an epithelial layer and secrete proteins as do some animals cells.