The most original (and scientifically plausible) zombies of the year

We're all feeling a little let down by the World War Z movie, but that doesn't mean the zombie trope has expired. In fact, this year witnessed the emergence of an utterly original kind of zombie — and it's even scientifically plausible. I'm speaking, of course, about the "infected" from the game The Last of Us. » 6/26/13 10:40am 6/26/13 10:40am

Sexual fungus could be the key to revolutionizing penicillin

Though penicillin was once a miracle cure for bacterial infections ranging from syphilis to staph, it is slowly becoming obsolete. Bacteria are evolving antibiotic resistance, and medicine is racing to keep up by producing new and different forms of the drug. Penicillin and its derivatives come from a fungus called … » 1/22/13 4:47pm 1/22/13 4:47pm

How fungus could help us win the war on bed bugs

Cities across North America and Europe are in the midst of a bed bug epidemic, a plague of bloodsucking parasites that are infesting bedrooms and hotel rooms across the nations. And they are so gross, leaving unwary victims with irritated skin and a profound case of the willies. It's gotten so bad that the U.S. alone… » 11/21/12 11:12am 11/21/12 11:12am

To help clean up toxic mine water, let fungi bloom

In order to render mine water a whole lot less toxic, the key could be letting a fungus bloom. Some fungi produce a superoxide when they grow, which is instrumental in cleaning up polluting metals. This superoxide reacts with locally available Magnesium(II), and is oxidized to Mn(III) or Mn(IV), which in turn suck up… » 7/21/12 11:00am 7/21/12 11:00am

Here's a con man in China selling sex toys as special "meat mushrooms"…

Remember that Chinese news report that accidentally identified a vagina-anus combination sex toy as an auspicious species of mushroom? Apparently one street huckster in China was so taken with this imbroglio that he's selling artificial genitalia as rare "meat mushrooms" for up to $2,800. » 6/22/12 11:55am 6/22/12 11:55am

Newly discovered Chinese mushroom turns out to be an abandoned sex toy…

Residents of the Chinese town of Liucunbu recently unearthed an unknown rubbery "fungus" deep underground while drilling a well. Perplexed by this mycological mystery, the workers consulted the investigative journalism program Xi'an Up Close, who sent reporter Ye Yunfeng on the scene. Once there, she soon identified… » 6/20/12 6:40am 6/20/12 6:40am

Tropical Chinese fungus weighs half a ton and covers an area of 30 feet

Think portobello mushrooms are big? Think again. Scientists on Hainan Island in southern China have discovered the largest fungus ever recorded. Weighing in at around half a ton, and extending over thirty feet in length, fungus experts were shocked to discover the fruiting body (comparable to a mushroom in other… » 8/01/11 10:53am 8/01/11 10:53am