I like science. I read various scientists blogs and try to follow as best I can but quite often the jargon is beyond me. This post by Carl Zimmer about the puzzle of loyal amoeba is a good one, and I didn’t get lost. I recommend you read it if you’re interested in slime mold and/or evolution (and you’d be crazy not to). It’s a little long and not enough references to D&D, but still interesting. Incidentally the image of the slime mold stalks doesn’t do justice to the time lapse photography of the mold moving around which you can see on the documentary about cell death called Death by Design which I had the good fortune of seeing when Rogers still stocked VHS.
An isolate is what it sounds like: a person, thing, or group that is set apart or isolated, as for purposes of study.