December 29, 2011
Amoeboid yellow slime mould might seem an unlikely candidate to become the basis of future ‘bio computers’, but scientists in Japan say that the mould shows unlikely signs of intelligence.
Colonies of the mould appear to be able to ‘organise’ themselves so that they take the most direct route through a maze to find food, while at the same time avoiding damage from light.
The mould even appears to be able to ‘remember’ dangers and avoid them.
The long-lived organism – it’s been around for hundreds of millions of years – appears to have evolved to deal with dangerous environments.