Why slime molds can solve mazes better than robots

Despite not having brains, slime molds are able to remember where they've been. They avoid oozing back over paths that didn't lead them to food by detecting "memories" in the trails of slime they leave behind. It's possible that these slimy recollections were what led to the evolution of more complex cognitive… » 10/12/12 10:43am 10/12/12 10:43am

This slime mold conquered (a miniature map of) America

A yellow goo has invaded the world's motorways, spreading from capital cities to the furthest reaches of the transport network and devouring everything in its path. The infestation was unleashed by Andrew Adamatzky, a researcher of unconventional computing at the University of the West of England in Bristol, along… » 3/16/12 7:20am 3/16/12 7:20am