Japanese researchers prove amoeba are smart

Japanese researchers prove amoeba are smart

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I didn’t know that there was such a thing as the Ig Nobel Prize. Apparently it’s a parody of the Nobel Prizes, and it has been going on since 1991. This year a group of Japanese researchers won the cognitive science prize for their research on amoeboid organisms.

Japanese IG Nobel Prize winnersToshiyuki Nakagaki, Ryo Kobayashi, and Atsushi Tero discovered that when put in a maze, amoeba can figure out the shortest distance from beginning to end. What makes this so extraordinary is that amoeba have no brains what so ever, and they seemed to complete the maze easily. However, humans seem to have a difficult time accomplishing the same task. Is our brain working against us?

Via Japan Times



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