What these single-celled, gelatinous blobs lack in brain power, they make up for with surprisingly complex decision-making.
Slime molds don’t look like much more than creepy goop that tends to make most people cringe. They lack a brain and don’t have a single neuron within them and yet they display traits that suggest otherwise. These organisms have evolved a very clever, physical way of making decisions about where to go to find the best food sources.
Simon Garnier and his team at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s SwarmLab use time-lapse macrophotography in their research which is helping them to begin to unravel the nature of these organisms.
By better understanding how slime molds move and make decisions, Garnier’s team hopes to shed light on how intelligence may have evolved in the first place!