Do you ever feel as though the world is moving out of reach? I've just read this New Scientist article wherein some guy is planning to make a bot out of slime mould. Right. A bot. Out of slime mould. Well, okay, I thought, I can wrap my head around that, maybe, but then the article informed me airily that this same guy had previously used "the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction" to "build liquid logic gates for a synthetic brain" At which point I threw the magazine on the floor and folded my arms. If I wasn't so tough I would have burst into tears and started sucking my thumb, but I'm from Yorkshire: a hard lass. My lip didn't even tremble. Now, though, I have to go play with coloured blocks and maybe some crayons.