FOR KIDS: A slime with memory

Thursday, October 25th 2012. | Science News

FOR KIDS: A slime with memory

Even without a brain, this slime mold knows where it’s been

Web edition: October 25, 2012



A slime mold, like the one shown here, leaves a trail of snotlike goo that can serve as a memory of sorts.

Credit: Courtesy of Audrey Dussutour

A slime mold called Physarum polycephalum can crawl from one spot to another. Some people liken its appearance to moving, pulsing dog barf. Others clearly feel more tenderness toward the organism — enough to spend much of their life studying it. One such team of scientists now reports finding that although slime molds lack a brain, this goo may still have a memory of sorts.

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S. Milius. Pulsing blob makes memories sans brain. Science News, October 9, 2012. [Go to]

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