Watch This Video of Microorganisms in a Pac-Man Maze

Scientists at the University of Southeast Norway have released microorganisms into a Pac-Man-style maze made out of fluid to observe how the single-celled euglena (in this case, Pac-Man) avoid their predators, the multi-celled rotifers.

In addition to looking cool, these “micromazes” make it easier to view and study microorganisms, which are usually bunched together in a Petri dish. The Pac-Man imitation, though, was an inspired move on the part of the researchers, who wanted to better communicate their findings to the public.

[Motherboard]

Angela Chen is the morning editor at Gizmodo.

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Neat idea, kind of quirky.

I suppose putting something like lacrymaria olor in there would be cheating? Those little guys have wicked reach!

Also, on the ‘running away’ side, euglenids are cute and all, but how about something that can run on little legs? Like Euplotes?


I think it’s time to go to the pond and set up some UFC-type cage matches!