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In a Japanese laboratory, a group of scientists is encouraging a rapidly expanding amoeba-like blob to consume Tokyo. Thankfully, the blob in question is a “slime mould” just around 20cm wide, and “Tokyo” is represented by a series of oat flakes dotted about a large plastic dish. It’s all part of a study on better…

This post is part of a celebration of the 2-year anniversary of open-access journal PLoS ONE. Gathering in large numbers is usually a good way of protection yourself against predators, and it’s no surprise that mass defence is a common strategy in the natural world. But it doesn’t always work. There is one hunter that…