Why Do Some Mushrooms Glow In The Dark?

Bioluminescence is not just a weirdly beautiful quality of some mushrooms. It's also a useful way to figure out, for instance, whether you've found a patch of delicious chanterelles or their look-alike Jack-o-lantern mushrooms, which are poisonous. But why does it happen? » 3/20/15 10:30am 3/20/15 10:30am

The Solution to Disposable Diaper Waste Is Apparently Mushrooms

Disposable diapers are made to be super-absorbend and super-durable — all the better for handling the all the waste produced by a human baby. All the worse for the environment because the diapers last hundreds of years in landfills. But a new project cut waste by using the diapers to grow mushrooms. » 9/22/14 3:00am 9/22/14 3:00am

New Species Found in an Everyday, Store-Bought Mushroom Packet

DNA testing on the contents of a dried porcini bag revealed three species without scientific names. Apparently, there are new mushrooms everywhere, including in your salad. » 7/07/14 11:00pm 7/07/14 11:00pm

If this mushroom were a Smurf home it would be an apartment complex

A giant mushroom measuring 36 inches across and weighing 33 pounds has been discovered by locals in China's Yunnan province. But as grotesquely huge as this fungus appears to be, it's far from being a world record. » 7/30/13 6:20am 7/30/13 6:20am

You know what're awesome? Mushrooms. Mushrooms are awesome.

From timelapse wizard Louie Schwartzberg comes a mesmerizing feature documentary about fungi that will forever change the way you look at mushrooms. » 6/28/13 6:20am 6/28/13 6:20am

The Mushroom That's Only Poisonous If You're Also Drinking

Ever eaten the inky cap mushroom? If you’re chewing some right now, that’s fine. Just don’t drink for a while. This mushroom doesn't harm sober people, but it brings down the wrath of god on drinkers. » 3/21/13 12:40pm 3/21/13 12:40pm

Why are mushrooms more like humans than they are like plants?

You may have heard, from the internet or from someone making idle conversation at a cocktail party, that mushrooms are more like humans than they are like plants. What does that even mean? We'll work it out for you. » 9/07/12 11:11am 9/07/12 11:11am

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

Happy little mushroom farm takes urban agriculture indoors

What's fabulous about this urban mushroom farm isn't just that it produces 200 pounds of mushrooms in just a few weeks using recycled coffee grounds. It's also that it's small enough and attractive enough to sit in a lobby, a storefront, or any other public indoor space. » 2/26/12 3:30pm 2/26/12 3:30pm

This is what your brain on drugs really looks like

Scientists this week published a study that reveals what the human brain looks like under the influence of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic chemical found in magic mushrooms. » 1/25/12 9:05am 1/25/12 9:05am

What it's like to play a mushroom as a trumpet

Boston area mushroom merchant Benjamin Maleson knows a thing or two about musical mycology. Watch him play "The Trumpet of Death," a melodious (and not poisonous) mushroom you can blast like a kazoo. Watch him show you how. See also: Vienna's Vegetable Orchestra. » 8/20/11 1:15pm 8/20/11 1:15pm

Before you kick the bucket, be sure to don your Mushroom Death Suit

Designer Jae Rhim Lee is concerned about the carcinogenic affects of the funerary preservative formaldehyde. That's why she's invented the Infinity Burial Suit — a.k.a. the Mushroom Death Suit — a postmortem garment designed to consume the wearer's corpse. » 7/27/11 4:45pm 7/27/11 4:45pm

Glow-in-the-dark mushrooms rediscovered after 170 years

In 1840, English botanist George Gardner was traveling in Brazil. One night, he noticed some boys playing with a strange, glowing object. To his shock, he had encountered a bioluminescent mushroom. It's only taken 170 years to find some more. » 7/10/11 9:00am 7/10/11 9:00am

The self-portraits of an artist under the influence of meth, PCP, and…

Artist Bryan Lewis Saunders explores the effects of various drugs — legal and illegal — on his self-perception by creating self-portraits while under the influence. This is his face on drugs. » 1/22/11 12:00pm 1/22/11 12:00pm

Solving The Mysteries Of Cancer Fighting Parasites

Could a Chinese fungus provide a crucial missing link to new cancer treatments? Scientists have struggled for decades with one major drawback of the Cordyceps, a parasitic mushroom — but now they may have cracked the riddle. » 12/30/09 9:00am 12/30/09 9:00am

Glow-in-the-Dark Mushrooms Shed Light on Luminescence

These mushrooms may not have any hallucinogenic properties, but they are psychedelic in their own right, emitting a yellow-green glow in the darkness. Seven new species of luminescent mushrooms give fungal enthusiasts new insight into mushrooms' glowing evolution. » 10/05/09 1:38pm 10/05/09 1:38pm

Don't Eat the Glowing Mushrooms

You might already know about the glowing mushrooms of Japan. Every spring, the rains cause bioluminescent fungi to peep out from tree trunks and forest floors. For years scientists believed that these rare mushrooms grew nowhere else in the world. But now the glowers turn out to thrive in the forests of Brazil, too.… » 12/01/08 11:40am 12/01/08 11:40am

The Gray Caps Will Take Over the World with Their Mushroom Brain…

John Coulthart has just posted his cover design for the re-release of Jeff VanderMeer's novel, Shriek: An Afterword. This is the cover image, by Ben Templesmith — it shows a mysterious "gray cap," one of an oppressed underground people who have this bizarre mushroom tech that will allow them to take over a city. You… » 2/06/08 1:30pm 2/06/08 1:30pm