How to adopt a blob (thanks to the CNRS)

The blob is one of nature’s least understood species. So poorly understood that we still do not know if it is an animal, a plant or a fungus.

The blob is exciting. Neither animal, nor plant, nor even classified as a fungus, it is a species apart, which does not fit into any box, and which is increasingly intriguing scientists. The CNRS, national center for scientific research, offers the general public to measure quite simply the effects of global warming on this small unicellular organism. Found naturally in our woods and forests, the blob is ultimately a fairly common organism.

Yellow in color, it might look like moss sitting on a tree to the untrained eye. But ultimately, the blob is much more than that. Already studied by Thomas Pesquet within the International Space Station, the small organism is impressive. He does not seem to fear weightlessness or the cold and space vacuum.

“Biologically immortal” beings

If it does not appreciate heat and light, which it hides as much as possible, the blob is biologically immortal. Unicellular it does not have a brain, but has memorization capacities. Indispensable to the soils that it enriches with minerals, the CNRS is interested in the way in which this small organism reacts to rising temperatures. In order to carry out this experiment successfully, Audrey Dussutour, an expert on the question of the blob, asked for the help of 10,000 participants. Already rewarded several times for her work on this small organization, the researcher, who works from the Toulouse branch of the CNRS, hopes that this mission will allow the general public to discover the profession of researcher.

In his experience in the ISS Thomas Pesquet is already working jointly with nearly 5,000 schools throughout France which reproduce witness experiments here on Earth. As part of this new experiment, the researcher asks that the scientists for a day equip themselves with a few petri dishes, a small heating bulb, a thermometer, all for a commitment of at least 5 days. All the equipment necessary to carry out this experiment can be found on the CNRS website here.

Each participant in the experiment will have to spend one hour per day, on a fixed schedule, tending to their small blob colony. All the manipulations are again detailed by Audrey Dussutour on the CNRS website. In this video below, she explains how to “wake up” blobs once received.

The CNRS announces that participants will always have their place when interpreting the results and that they will be able to contribute, as far as possible, to the writing of the scientific article that should follow. Hoping that the latter will be published in a specialized journal. If the experience interests you, the easiest way is to find out about the procedure on the CNRS website, but be careful, the experience must be carried out seriously, and not be taken lightly.

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