slime mold


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a naked mass of protoplasm having characteristics of both plants and animals

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In 2015, Airbus began employing biologically inspired algorithms, inspired by the growth patterns of slime mold colonies and bones, to 3D print lightweight aircraft components.
Professor Atsushi Tero of Kyushu University says slime molds actually out-calculate modern computers, but when slime mold behavior is analyzed and arranged into bits and bytes, computers could be programmed to mimic slime mold's capabilities.
A hungry slime mold wants that oat flake at the center of the maze.
This exercise makes use of a plasmodial slime mold known as Physarum polycephalum.
5) The researchers who conducted the slime mold experiments throughout the 1960s, Evelyn Keller and Lee Segel, had to disprove the so-called "pacemaker" theory that held sway at the time, which essentially held that in any organism, a leader cell (or group of master cells) made decisions and led the way: the "top-down" model.
We recorded 260 taxa, including 136 species of vascular plants, 45 fungi and slime molds, 22 aquatic invertebrates, 1 fish, 3 amphibians, 2 reptiles, 6 mammals, and 45 birds.
They watched the slime mold self-organize, spread out, and form a network that was comparable in efficiency, reliability, and cost to the real-world infrastructure of Tokyo's train network.
Researchers working on the creation of cyborg computer chips successfully stored information in live neurons for the first time; other researchers unveiled a sensor chip controlled by a slime mold.
In 2001, for instance, Internet mavin Steven Johnson introduced his Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software with a discussion of Evelyn Fox Keller's slime mold research, which later also inspired the StarLogo computer program.
A: What you have is a slime mold, which is similar to a fungus but is actually its own category of organism.
If the book could be said to have a main character, slime mold would have to be it.
For a slime mold, Dictyostelium discoideum, the forces of cell locomotion have been unknown, but the cortex resists poking with a microneedle (cortical tension) at 1.
By using Dictyostelium, a type of slime mold widely used as a model system in the study of cell differentiation because of its similarity to human cell function at this level, Rutherford's research group discovered that a protein called Replication Protein A (RPA) acts not only in cell proliferation, but also is a regulator of cell differentiation.
Dictyostelium discoideum, aka a slime mold, is the latest member in a small club of species known to practice farming.
Slime mold may took like just a blob, but it's a smart one.