Physarum polycephalum.
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Slime Network Could Change Computing

Future computers might be a lot slimier. Scientists have found that the mold Physarum polycephalum, an organism that covers its environment by creating a network of wirelike extensions that absorb nutrients, could be used as building blocks for computing devices and sensors, New Electronics reports. A study published this month in Materials Today reveals details of logic units, or digital circuits, built using the living slime.

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