Hundreds of millions of years ago, a tiny green microbe joined forces with a fungus, and together they conquered the world. It’s a tale of two cross-kingdom organisms, one providing food and the one other shelter, and it’s been our touchstone example of symbiosis for 150 years. Trouble is, that story is nowhere near…
Admit it, you’ve tried everything to get rid of your crusty yellow toenail fungus: prescription anti-fungal pills, medicated creams and nail polish, laser therapy — the usual remedies. But that darn fungus keeps coming back. Cold plasma could be your salvation.
Every year, more people over the age of 65 are suffering from dementia. Researchers are still searching for a cause, but a new study offers a fascinating possibility: some cases of Alzheimer’s may be linked to a simple brain fungus.
The portabello mushroom: Great with grilled onions and ketchup, sure, but this fungus can do a lot more than console vegetarians at barbecues. In the future, the humble portabello mushroom might power everything from our smartphones to our cars.
In Hungary there is a sweet Hungarian truffle that supposedly tastes like honey. I can’t even begin to imagine how fantastic that is because truffles are already “the diamonds of the kitchen” and honey very well might be nature’s greatest creation, so combining both in one is practically unfair. The truffle is used in…
The key to the human race’s future may be right beneath our feet. It sounds bizarre, but fungi better known as mushrooms can help solve many of society’s greatest challenges, from cleaning up the environment and living more sustainability to colonizing other planets.
What's faster: A bullet or the fungus Pilobolus? The folks over at Earth Unplugged are back to give us a rare look at one of the fastest things on the planet, which—surprising as it may seem—is none other than this poop-loving fungus.
Fungus is, almost universally, not a good thing to have in your walls or personal belongings. And normally, selling certain strains could lead to federal charges. But a company called Ecovative is violating both of those rules, creating packaging and building materials from fungus—and they’re being lauded as…
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 favorite fungi. He believes that the solution to some of the world's biggest problems lies in mushroom farming.
The big, weird world of creatures inside you may be even bigger and weirder than anybody thought.
Chilean company Monarch has developed new underwear that's made out of copper. And if that sounds uncomfortable, don't worry! It's totally not. Turns out copper can kill 99% of the bacteria and fungi that "naturally" develops down there.
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!"
Tropical Race Four, a soil-born fungus, has been destroying bananas across the world. It kills the plant and makes bananas smell like garbage. That deadly fungus is expected to hit Central America, which is where we get all our bananas from.
Philip Ross works with a mushroom farm called Far West Fungi. And on it they're growing your future house. Or at least the nontoxic, fireproof, mold- and water-resistant building blocks for it.
Using a first-of-its-kind direct optical energy device called Noveon, one Waltham company is hoping to stamp out toenail fungus once and for all using nothing but light. The device "utilizes two discrete near-infrared wavelengths at low power" and produces no heat, according to a rep from the manufacturer, Nomir…
For those who just can't get enough of scrounging through the forest to collect fungus in its various mushroom incarnations, now you can get the same FUNGtional experience in your home. Designer Simon Duff's mushroom floor lamp is an LED light that sits on the floor. While we like the idea of spreading little lamps…