And now, a few facts about the brainless, feetless things known as slime molds:
+ Slime mold is not a plant or animal. It’s not a fungus, though it sometimes resembles one. Slime mold, in fact, is a soil-dwelling amoeba, a brainless, single-celled organism, often containing multiple nuclei.
+ For creatures without feet, they can travel incredible distances. Researchers identified slime mold from New Zealand that are genetically identical to groups found in the United States. How they got there is unknown.
+ Slime molds were likely an inspiration for the 1958 science-fiction film, “The Blob,” scientists say.
+ Slime molds find the quickest, most efficient way to food. Researchers are calling their route the “Trans-Canada Slimeways.”