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Video: Between climate change, elections and the persistent threat of another Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, modern life can be full of stress. Throughout it all, however, gentle natural processes soldier obliviously on, including the lifecycle of the humble puffball.

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Crack open your dumb old phone, and you'll find lots of circuits and no lack of precious metals. In 100,000 mobile phones, it's estimated that there is 2.4kg of gold, more than 900kg of copper, 25kg of silver and more, according to Motherboard. Could a safer and and cheaper method of recovering that metal come by way of fungi?

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To grow mushrooms is to let things rot, so something's a lot of things are rotten in the US state of Pennsylvania. The Atlantic's deep dive into the dark side of truffles last week got us wondering about their more prosaic cousins: the portobellos and white buttons you find shrink-wrapped at the supermarket.

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For the first time, scientists have found lifeforms where nobody thought possible: floating in the troposphere, the slice of the atmosphere approximately 8-15km above Earth's surface. And not just a tiny few, but lot: 20 per cent of every particle in that atmospheric layer are living organisms.

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Mushrooms may be most famous for their pizza prowess and psychedelic strains, but Paul Stamets, renowned mycologist and mushroom enthusiast, has much loftier visions for everyone's favourite fungi. He believes that the solution to some of the world's biggest problems lies in mushroom farming.

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Dishwashers are boss at cleaning dishes without getting your hands wet. They're also a perfect home - because of their hot and moist temperature - for black yeast to grow. Black yeast, as you can probably imagine, is not very good.