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A87967822 - Slime Moulds

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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Entry: Slime Moulds - A87967822
Author: SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad' - U9936370

Slime is a popular toy for children these days, but here is an Entry about a type found in nature!


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

Very interesting. smiley - smiley

At university, our freshman biology professor had us create our own taxonomy for the plants and animals we observed in the laboratory sessions. I put the slime moulds under 'animals' because of their locomotion. I think he was amused. He was a plant physiologist.

Philip K Dick's novel 'Clans of the Alphane Moon' features a character named Lord Running Clam - a sentient Ganymedean slime mould with telepathic powers. smiley - frog


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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Thanks DG!

I hope you didn't lose credit for amusing the biology professor. I didn't study slime moulds in the lab, as we focused on insects, but I do see the scrambled egg slime occasionally in local parks.

"a sentient Ganymedean slime mould with telepathic powers" - I can imagine such a thing after having watched the videos of slime moulds smiley - yikes

smiley - ok


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

smiley - rofl No, the prof was a gem with a sense of humour. He'd worked in Southern California, where, as he told us during his office hour chats, he had been plagued by filmmakers. You see, it was the fashion then to make 'science fiction' movies by blowing up ordinary insects and plants and trying to make them scary...

He said they wouldn't believe him that lichens wouldn't make good movie monsters until they spent about three days with his collection, trying...

You have to hand it to Philip K Dick, though.

Anyway, cool entry as is. smiley - smiley


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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

That's good - I once lost credit when a teacher asked us to design an experiment but didn't mention that we could imagine doing the experiment in an industrial laboratory so we didn't have to squeeze everything into a test tube...

smiley - laugh Yes, I like lichen, but it's more suited to books than film indeed!


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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

bob commented over here F22163774?thread=8323747 so I updated the Entry accordingly smiley - ok


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Gnomon - time to move on

I saw an interesting article recently which said that slime moulds can solve mazes although they are not intelligent. It might be worth looking into this and seeing if it is suitable for including in the entry.


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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Ah, yes - I have seen that. I agree it would be good to add something about how they respond to their environment and can find the shortest routes between two food sources - I will look into that smiley - ok


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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

I have updated the Entry quite a bit, so I added some headers too smiley - ok


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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Coincidentally I met a former student of Bruce Ing today - she told me about the expeditions they all went on to find fungi and slime moulds of all shapes and sizes (mostly microscopic) smiley - cool


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Gnomon - time to move on

Still looks good! smiley - ok

I would change:

the Myxomycetes ('true slime moulds', or 'plasmodial slime moulds') grouping

to:

the Myxomycetes grouping ('true slime moulds', or 'plasmodial slime moulds')

You should then omit the comma after it.




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SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Thanks Gnomon smiley - biggrin I made that change smiley - ok


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