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Puffball Fungi Exploding In The Rain Is Oddly Soothing

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.

The Game Of Thrones Intro Recreated With Slime Mould Is Glorious

Video: Slime moulds and fungi might not rank high on anyone’s list of favourite organisms, but there is a compelling beauty in their growth patterns. And now Transcend Rules has taken “slimeography” to a whole new level, setting those patterns to the Game of Thrones theme music. It might just be the solace fans crave after the latest heartbreaking episode.

This Weed Takes Out Other Plants By Attacking Their 'Gut Bacteria'

You need bacteria to help you digest your food and go about your day. It turns out that plants have their own version of this. And one weed is driving out the competition by attacking the gut bacteria of other species.

You Can Thank A Fungus For These Crazy Hair Ice Sculptures

Fungi are some of the weirdest and most fascinating creatures on Earth, but they have really outdone themselves with this one: Hair ice. According to new research, the icy hair-sculptures that crop up overnight in forests before melting away in the sun have fungal fingerprints all over them.

Mushrooms Can Mine The Gold From Your Old Mobile Phones

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?

Using A 3D Scanner To Explore The Labyrinths Of Soil Beneath Our Feet

Researchers at Scotland’s Abertay University are getting a brand new look at the seemingly nondescript world hidden in plain sight — the soil beneath our feet.

Why This Small Town Is The Mushroom Capital Of The World

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.

Surprised Scientists Find Lifeforms 10km Above Earth's Surface

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.

How Mushrooms Will Solve The World's Biggest Problems

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.

Watch: NASA Moon Soil, The History Of Weed...And Infinite Schwarzenegger

Who needs late-night TV when you have a fascinating TED talk on Fungi plus a cannabis documentary and an Arnie mashup right here. Also: New Monsters U trailer and old school Cypress Hill…

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