Slime Mold: great grand-daddy of Star Trek computers?

Scientists are experimenting with physarum polycephalum – slime mold – to establish the basic functions of bio-computing. That is to say, they are making programmable ‘machines’ out of slime mold, using its ameboid biostructure as a basic computing device. Shades of Star Trek Voyager’s bio-neural gelpacks!

“A Vulcan in the White House”

Newsweek article about the coming Star Trek movie casts President Obama in new light.

Growing Complex Aliens

Aliens in fiction need to be more than humans in rubber suits. Growing complex aliens means rethinking their psychology from the ground up.