This sticky, mindless blob can hold memories

A neon yellow slime mold can store memories, although it lacks a nervous system. Now, scientists have found a new clue as to how the brainless spot accomplishes this impressive feat.

The single-celled organism, known as Physarum polycephalum, belongs to the taxonomic group Amoebozoa, the same group that amoebas, Live Science previously reported. The spots can exist as a small cell with a nucleus, the control center of the cell, or several cells can fuse to form a gigantic cell with many nuclei. These fused cells can grow to cover tens of square inches (hundreds of square centimeters) in area.

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