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Slime Mold

Slime mold is able to remember information and act on their memories a pretty impressive feat considering they lack any form of central nervous system.

Slime mold. Polycephalum a yellow slime mold remembers where it ate by reorienting its tendrils toward the food source. That new structure remains in place long after its finished its meal. The term slime mold embraces a heterogeneous assemblage of organisms whose juxtaposition reflects a historical confusion. Slime mold any of about 500 species of primitive organisms containing true nuclei and resembling both protozoan protists and fungi.

A computer algorithm is similar to a recipe that tells a computer precisely what steps to take to solve a problem. Introduction to the slime molds long classified together in the myxomycophyta as part of the fungi slime molds are now known to be quite unrelated to the fungithere are three main groups of slime molds which do not form a clade. The researchers then applied the slime mold algorithm to data containing the locations of 37000 galaxies mapped by the sloan digital sky survey at distances corresponding to 300 million light years. The single celled physarum polcephalum or slime mold does not have a brain or nervous system but is able to remember the location of a food source a new study reveals.

Plasmodial slime molds like physarum shown here are basically enormous single cells with thousands of nuclei. Slime molds were formerly classified as fungi but are no longer considered part of that kingdom. German scientist sound the bright yellow slime mold records where its last meal was by. Slime mold or slime mould is an informal name given to several kinds of unrelated eukaryotic organisms that can live freely as single cells but can aggregate together to form multicellular reproductive structures.