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.



Angela Chen is the morning editor at Gizmodo.

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