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Super Brainy Slime Mold

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Video of the Week #68 November 7th, 2012:

From: How Brainless Slime Molds Redefine Intelligence [Video] by Ferris Jabr and Anna Rothschild on our main site.

Source: Anna Rothschild of NOVA and Ferris Jabr Scientific American.

Scientists have recently come to understand that slime molds are much smarter than they look. One species in particular – the SpongeBob SquarePants – yellow Physarum polycephalum, can solve mazes, mimic the layout of man-made transportation networks and choose the healthiest food from a diverse menu—and all this without a brain or nervous system. This video was produced through a collaboration between NOVA and Scientific American. To learn more about slime molds and other amazing creatures, watch ‘What Are Animals Thinking?’ on NOVA scienceNOW, airing November 7, 2012 at 10 pm on PBS.

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  1. 1. greenhome123 10:35 pm 11/8/2012

    this slime mold reminds me that we should never underestimate the importance of trial and error.

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