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'The Blob,' A Smart Yet Brainless Organism Fit For Sci-Fi, Gets Its Own Exhibit


Added 10-20-19 08:06:02am EST - “Is it an animal? A type of fungi? No, it's "the blob." The amorphous "slime mold" may not have a nervous system, but it's the star of a new exhibit at the Paris zoo.” - Npr.org

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The Paris Zoological Park is home to the physarum polycephalum, better known as "the blob," a unicellular organism capable of learning despite its lack of neurons. Stephane De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

The Paris Zoological Park is home to the physarum polycephalum, better known as "the blob," a unicellular organism capable of learning despite its lack of neurons.

A brainless, bright-yellow organism that can solve mazes and heal itself is making its debut at a Paris zoo this weekend.

At least so far, "the blob" is more benevolent than the ravenous star of its 1950s sci-fi film classic namesake.

Time-lapsed videos of the blob show a slimy organism rapidly multiplying in size. How fast exactly? The blob can sprint about four centimeters per hour, according to the Paris Zoological Park

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