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This Brainless Slime Mold Can Decide Where to Go Without Having Already Been There

Science Alert

15 JULY 2021

A slippery yellow slime that lives in the damp undergrowth is continuing to test our understanding of what it means to make decisions.

Physarum polycephalum, AKA the many-headed slime mold, uses its body to physically sense its environment before making a decision about where it wants to go, new research has found. It’s the latest in an impressive list of ways the single-celled organism has blown our minds lately.

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