Many Headed Living Slime

Would you believe it if you were told there was a slime that could think and even solve some puzzles? Probably you would think someone was trying to trick you.

But you would be wrong because this new thing comes out of a very unexplored region of the world: the kingdom Amoebozoa. The scientific name is Physarum Polycephalum, though many refer to it as the many-headed slime. It seems to live off and thrive on decaying leaves and dead logs all around the world.

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If you walk around a forest or jungle in the rainy season then you will probably stumble across some: just growing on decaying leaves and trees. A sort of slimy yellow looking substance that even looks a bit like veins. Slowly moving around, in the search for food: and it eats off bacteria or even fungal spores.

The strange thing is this substance is just one big cell, like a huge group of cells that got fused and molded together. When it is active in the wet season it grows and searches for more food, but if the environment gets too dry then it becomes dormant. And if ever it finds an area where there is no food, then it enters a reproductive state and produces spores that fly out to germinate in a new area. Those new cells then become a new many headed slime. This means the slime is pretty much never ending and can survive any obstacle.

As it is so easy to maintain and study, it has been produced in labs all around the world, resulting in many studies. And the scary thing is the studies have shown it is an intelligent creature, though no one really knows how. It seems to have some sort of memory, which allows it to avoid going places it has already visited. It even is able to solve little puzzles, allowing it to take the shortest path or avoid periodic events. Some studies believe it may even understand different colors.

This means the many-headed slime is being studied to create the first bio computer, could it be the first artificial intelligence that really does live?

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