Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Yellow Slime Mold That Isn't
But it turns out that it is not a slime mold at all, or even in the fungi family. Science has reclassified it as an Amoebozoa. Kind of like the very old scary movie "The Blob." But this one is real, and it eats micro-organisms in dead plant material, helping with decomposition.
Writing this blog gets me to double check my facts, and also learn new things. For many years I have been telling folks about slime molds, thinking this was one.
What is great about science is that it keeps checking on itself, and when a mistake is discovered, it corrects itself, and everyone moves on with the new knowledge. Wouldn't it be great if that worked for other life issues as easily?