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Enormous Puffball

Judith Huf spotted this gigantic puffball fungus while photographing butterflies at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Wisconsin. She put her hat and glasses on it to give you a sense of its size. Link -via TYWKIWDBI | Photo: Judith Huf

A Mushroom That Eats Plastic

Researchers from Yale University recently discovered a mushroom in the jungles of Ecuador that is most magical indeed, for this little fungus dines on polyurethane, a very common type of plastic. Here’s more on this amazing fungus: The fungi, called “Pestalotiopsis microspore”, is able to survive on eating plastic alone—while without the need for air or light. Students [...]

Roommate Citation Nifty Note

Roommate Citation Nifty Note – $3.95 Are you headed back to school? You need the Roommate Citation Nifty Note from the NeatoShop. These 50 sheets of roommate citations will make sure you are well prepared to deal with your roommate’s: Inability to grasp the concept of “paper thing walls.” Failure to wash dishes Hogging the bathroom Passive-aggressive tendencies Bizarre and/ or [...]

Giant fungus discovered in China

The largest known fruiting body of a fungus has been found on the underside of a tree in China. The massive fungus is 10m long, is 20 years old and we…

Meet the "Hotlips" Fungus

Octospora humosa was an obscure spore-shooting fungus, living quietly in patches of moss. Then the Guardian included it in a species-renaming competition, and a 12-year old girl beat 5,000 other entrants by dubbing the fungus “hotlips.” Brotherton said he hoped the popular competition, now in its second year, would draw people into the natural world and [...]

Oldest, Oddest Fungi Finally Photographed

The fungal cells in this picture are so small and hard to detect that they had to be colored with fluorescent dye before they could be recorded. They are attached to algae cells. The first views suggest that unlike any other fungi known, these might live as essentially naked cells without the rigid cell wall that [...]

Flowers Fool Flat-footed Flies by Faking Fungus-infected Foliage

A rare species of lady’s slipper orchid (Cypripedium fargesii) grows black spots that look like a fungus. But it’s not a fungus; it’s a feature, as Zong-Xin Ren of the Chinese Academy of Sciences found out during four years of research. The lady’s slippers are generally pollinated by bees but C.fargesii is different. Over many hours [...]

When Good Food Goes Bad

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into the Universe. In the back of the cave, Og groans in misery. Ogga is smug -she told him to leave that two-day-old meat alone. But it looked fine to Og, and as usual, he thought with his stomach instead of his head. [...]

Bleeding Tooth Fungus and Other Creepy Plants That Shouldn’t Exist

David Dietle wrote a highly entertaining post on Cracked about the 10 Creepy Plants That Shouldn’t Exist. The list starts off with a bang with this one: #10. Bleeding Tooth Fungus The bleeding tooth fungus looks kind of like a wad of chewing gum that leaks blood like a rejected prop from The Shining. They’re also called the [...]

‘Zombie ants’ controlled by fungus

The oldest evidence of a parasitic fungus that turns ants in to zombies has been found by scientists. It sounds like something out of the X-Files yet …