The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published the findings of a study, conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney, which claim that Slime is capable of memorizing small and simple actions.
As per the report, the discovery is bizarre, since the slime mold Physarum polycephalum is known to be a brainless single-celled organism. The creature does not have neurons and has nothing, which can be called a brain, which usually helps one to make decisions and remember things or events.
Though, it was known that the organism can make decisions and solve mazes as well as demonstrate that transit maps are most effective routes. It is being said that gunk that it leaves behind is for the reason that a weird kind of external memory is created by it, which helps it in navigation.
The team has told that the crud left contains proteins and sugars. And while the creature has one cell, it can branch out, with each branch acting as a single organism. Even if food is detected, the branch helps by sending a signal and summoning the rest of it.
"The slime mold leaves behind a trail of slime everywhere it goes, which it can then detect later to recognize areas it has already been", said the team.
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