Here’s a pretty goddam awesome story about slime moulds learning and anticipating. These Japanese scientists have found that they can hit the mould with a cold snap on every hour, and after a while, holy shit, the thing learns to expect it. It learns and remembers. Keep in mind: slime moulds have no brain.
Actually, this isn’t terribly new, as there have previously been stories about slime moulds solving mazes and controlling robots. The robot story is particularly cool because the first thing the light-sensitive slime does is use its new six legs to scuttle the fuck off to a dark place.
Plus, how cool does that photo look? Hat-tip to Discover‘s Top 100 Stories of 2008.