Caption: Left: Networks built by slime mould
offer lessons for the way self-driving cars might navigate
Prokopenko, "Slime mould
evaluation of australian motorways," International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems, vol.
London, Dec 29 (ANI): Amoeboid yellow slime mould
might become the basis of future 'bio computers' as it shows unlikely signs of intelligence, according to Japanese scientists.
The slime mould
is a resident of Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve at Peterlee in County Durham and the discovery is thought to be a first in the North East.
London, Feb 13 (ANI): A new study says that just as humans recognize the nutritional value of foods, slime mould
can also make the complex decision.
London, January 11 (ANI): In an unconventional research, a team of scientists has used a slime mould
to suggest a solution to routing problems in cities.
In recent years, single-celled organisms have been used to control six-legged robots, but according to a report in New Scientist, Andrew Adamatzky at UWE wants to go one step further by making a complete "robot" out of a plasmodium slime mould
, Physarum polycephalum, a commonly occurring mould that moves towards food sources such as bacteria and fungi, and shies away from light.
Sarah Lloyd is a Tasmanian naturalist, writer and nature photographer with a life-long passion and commitment to the study of natural history, especially birds, and a more recent interest in plants, fungi and acellular slime moulds
. For the past 30 years Sarah and her partner, composer Ron Nagorcka, have pursued a frugal life committed to biodiversity conservation in a forest in Northern Tasmania.
Even the simplest of social creatures, such as single-celled bacteria and slime moulds
and other microbes, sometimes sacrifice their own well-being for the sake of their group.