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Astronomers Discover Black Hole 12 Billion Times Bigger Than Our Sun

Researchers at Peking University have announced the discovery of one of the largest black holes known to science. The black hole, named SDSS J010013.02, is 12 billion times bigger than our sun, and six times bigger than other black holes of equivalent age.

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Comic Book Heroes Mixed with Mythology!

Hey everyone! Welcome to the first complete edition of The Drawing Board here on the SourceFed website. Like we said last week, we’re really excited about this format and we hope you are too. This week’s theme was Comic Book Heroes Mixed with Mythology. We had some pretty kick ass designs for this so without further ado, LET’S TAKE A LOOK! These first three all come from Ioannis Hadjikyriakou. The Speedy Messenger Well done. The Flash here is running through Centropolis, which, along with the S.T.A.R. temple, are a great couple of nods toward The Flash’s mythology. The circular stitching

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Turkish Men Take To The Streets In Mini-Skirts For Women’s Rights

The February 11 murder of 20-year-old Turkish woman Ozgecan Aslan has sparked international outrage, with men and women vehemently protesting the brutal strain of violence against women and gender inequality in the country.

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Power Rangers Goes DARK?!

Actors James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff lent their talent to producer/actor Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey, Lone Survivor, and fan film The Punisher: Dirty Laundry) for his gritty, violent rework of the Power Rangers franchise. Rest assured, it’s awesome.

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It’s Official: YouTuber Steven Suptic (AKA mlgHwnT) Has Joined The SourceFed Family! Check Out Our Exclusive Interview With Him!

If you haven’t heard, the DeFranco Creative team is officially welcoming the wonderful YouTube gamer and animator Steven Suptic into our arsenal of friends and hosts. Suptic is now a producer and host for Discovery Digital Networks‘ video division, officially joining the network’s comedic entertainment news and information series, SourceFed/SourceFedNERD. Steven’s YouTube channel, where he goes by mlgHwnt has over 545,000 subscribers watching his content. Along with his kick ass gaming skills, he’s also a skilled animator and has animated many projects, including the series To Kill a YouTuber. We’re super excited to have him here, so we sat him

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Simon Pegg Kills People In ‘Kill Me Three Times’ Red-Band Trailer

The Peggster just being awesome and taking names…and lives.

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Aquaman’s Costume Revealed and More DC Comic News!

The first image of the One True King has arrived.

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Fifty Shades Trailer (Parody)

50 Shades of Grey. 50 Shades of Grey. 50 Shades of Grey. You’ve probably heard something about the movie by this point. It hit theaters on February 13th and is still running strong, taking in $237.7 million globally on opening weekend (although that number includes early screenings Wednesday night all the way through Sunday). Domestically, it garnered over $102 million on a $40 million budget. So yeah, it’s pretty popular. What do we do with something so popular? We give it our own spin. Mr. Zaragoza will see you now. If you liked that, don’t forget to check out our

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Illustrator Imagines Disney Characters In ’50 Shades of Grey’ Red Room

An illustrator over at DeviantArt gave Cosmopolitan something we didn’t know we…wanted? A 50 Shades of Grey/Disney mashup. The artist has chosen to remain anonymous due to the nature of the content. Would you like to see why? MAJOR, MAJOR RUINING*** OF YOUR CHILDHOOD INCOMING! (***: or maybe it will make your childhood better, who knows, YOU PERV!)

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Instagram Booty Icon Jen Selter Has An Equally Hot Mom

21-year-old Instagram legend Jen Selter is known for her amazing body and fitness selfies, but she recently posted a picture that drew attention away from her body and toward her 47-year-old mother’s.

Science proves you don’t need a brain to be considered “intelligent”

Anyone remember hearing the story of the otherwise healthy baby born without a brain in 2008?
Or what about the story revealing that the cast of Jersey Shore made more money in one television season than the President makes in an entire year?

Well, if you take comfort in knowing that the possession of higher brain function is not necessary for survival in this world, then this is the story for you!


As it did with the creation of the Kardashians and the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial, Nature seems to have defied all concept of…well, itself…as the details concerning the discovery of a “remarkably intelligent” slime mould surface today.

According to Australian scientists and researchers, a slime mould that uses a “form of spatial ‘memory’ to navigate, despite not having a brain” has been discovered. The yellowish organism, known as Physarum polycephalum (pictured above), emerged the undeniable victor when it successfully navigated through a maze, made by PhD student Christopher Reid, in order to get to a food source.

“The whole organism is made up of bits of pulsating tissue, which are constantly expanding and contracting, using a similar mechanism to our own muscle cells,” explained Mr Reid, “Each part changes the speed at which it pulsates according to what it can sense in the environment around it – for example food, light or heat – which are detected by chemical receptors on the cell’s surface…The pulsating parts are also influenced by the throbbing of their neighbours within the cell, which means that they can communicate with each other, to pass information through the organism about what is happening in the environment outside. The different speeds of contraction directly influence which direction the cell will then move in.”

Creepy…but also pretty badass as the findings mark the first recording of ‘memory‘ within an organism devoid of a brain or central nervous system.

The individuals who observed the slime’s journey likened it to that of Hansel and Gretel’s path made of bread crumbs: as the organism moved throughout the maze, it left behind a trail of slime that it then recognized as an area which it had already explored and, thus, an area to be avoided:

“In essence, the slime mould is memorising where it has been – storing this memory in the external environment and recalling the information when it later touches the slime-coated area,” said Mr Reid.

So, what’s the next step in the study of memory as it pertains to Physarum polycephalum?

Reid tells BBC Nature that further research will now focus on what other information the slime trail may hold:

“For a single-celled organism, it has continually surprised researchers with its abilities, such as solving mazes, anticipating periodic events, and even making irrational decisions like we do…it is truly a remarkable creature that is redefining our notions of ‘intelligence’

…and to think that this whole time I thought that’s what butt-chugging was doing…

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You know the drill: it’s your turn to speak, Nation!

Do you think the discovery of a single-cell organism able to utilize ‘memory’ is worth researching?
Or has nature made weirder and more impressive things than an ‘intelligent’ mould?

Comments

  1. The Kardashians were proof you don’t need a brain to be rich, so a mold that can think is just that much smarter.

  2. Jason Davis says:

    I remember a fringe episode with smart mold they had to kill it with fire, so we all know how this is gonna end.

  3. Marco Vos says:

    Just one word Awesome! Sorry for not answering your question, I am just way too aMAZEd about how life just always seems to find a way.

  4. Stephen D. says:

    I cant stop laughin these sourcefed authors pick the most awesome pix for the articles!!!

  5. jedibatmanakahrel says:

    Obviously we should research this, just off the top of my head I can come with a dozen usefull ways we can implement this to improve current technologies. Transistor lithography anyone? No, no? Ok.

  6. Lesley says:

    this is scary and awsome :D

  7. Renee says:

    I believe if I’m not mistaken this has survived at least hundreds of years called slime mold in articles I’ve read in the past. But most of the facts are there in this article. It also has a tendency to imitate it’s surroundings. It can change color, size , shape, weight,texture, form, height. Some theorize that slime mold may be connected to amysterious controversial disease called Morgellons a mysterious chronic condition that causes sores all over the body that will seem to go away but come back, different ccolored fibers that come out of the skin, black tar like substance that comes out of skin, cellulose like stuff coming out of skin…….. There is a whole lot more to be learned from slime mold. But also check out Morgellons it startedin California and is a little bit everywhre now and is terminal. I know because I’ve suffered from it for at least ten years in Tennessee. So yeah research Slime mould or whatever u call it.