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  • n  a naked mass of protoplasm having characteristics of both plants and animals; sometimes classified as protoctists
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  • Spore-Spitting Slime Molds Make Great Computer Hardware
    We've long known that the slime mold can determine the shortest path through a maze, or even model optimal railway systems. Now a group of researchers has proved that these amoeba-like single-cell organisms could be used to build general-purpose computers.        
    June 20, 2013 - Wired News
  • Memristor biocomputers could be made using slime molds
    Memristors can take on various physical incarnations: titanium dioxide, polymeric, and ferroelectric memristors have all recently been developed. Researchers from the University of the West of England in Bristol have now created, or rather discovered, memristors in the living form of Physarum polycephalum, otherwise known as the slime mold.
    June 19, 2013 - ExtremeTech

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