The Bricks That Built This Tower Were Grown From Fungus

It looks like an illustration from a Dr Seuss book, but the circular tower made of leftover cornhusks and fungus strings in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art’s P.S.1 building in Queens is as practical as it is whimsical.

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?

Eat Mushrooms That Grow Off The Top Of This Living Lampshade

The most I can harvest from my lampshades is a thick layer of dust, so I am simultaneously impressed and completely grossed out by these MYX fixtures made from mycelium. They’re grown into form, and edible mushrooms can actually be reaped from the top before they’re hung in place.

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.

Listen To The Purring, Electromagnetic Weirdness Of Mushrooms

I was blown away when I first heard about a project that tried to tap into the electromagnetic communication potential of mushrooms. Using wires, radio waves and circuits — not psychedelics — the project’s off-kilter quest to find (and listen to) “electromagnetic fungi” was nonetheless more art than science. But who says mushrooms have the right to remain silent?

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.

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.

Amazonian Mushroom Eats Indestructible Plastics

We use polyurethane to make just about everything — garden hoses, furniture, the entirety of my local 99-cent store. It’s easy to produce, durable, and dirt cheap. What it isn’t is recyclable — there isn’t a single natural process that breaks it down. That is until a newly-discovered Amazonian fungus takes a bite.

There Is An Actual Spongebob Squarepants. And It's A Fungus

Discovered in the rainforests of Borneo, this fungus happens to be unique in that it behaves much like a sponge. So unique, in fact, that the researchers who found thought, “Let’s name this little guy after a cartoon! For science!”

Give Your iPad An Extra Life With These Super Mario Cases

Given the sense of horror I experienced when I dropped and shattered my iPhone 4 a few weeks ago, I wouldn’t go anywhere with an iOS device unless it was safely ensconced in some form of case. And these iPad cases from Melbourne-based Etsy designer HoobyGroovy are my favourite cases ever.