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  • Attention Mathemeticians: This Only Looks Like the 405 Freeway

    07/22/2013 10:29:45 AM PDT · by null and void · 12 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Thu, 07/18/2013 - 9:15am | UCLA
    No, those are not cars darting along a busy highway. The glowing specks you're seeing in this video (http://bit.ly/110LTfm) are millions of nuclei flowing through the tube-like filaments, or hyphae, of a single fungus cell. The video was produced as part of a study by UCLA mathematician Marcus Roper's research group that was the first to measure and explain this dynamic movement of nuclei in the cells of a fungus. "It's complex, beautiful and so dynamic," said Roper, an assistant professor of mathematics and the lead author of two new studies that cast light on how cells ingeniously adapt to...
  • SpongeBob, the mushroom, discovered in Borneo (Squarepantsii)

    07/12/2011 7:45:33 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 10 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | 6/20/2011 | David Perlman
    You can find all the porcini you want in your supermarket, but don't go looking for the mushroom's distant cousin, Spongiforma squarepantsii, because the newly discovered species can only be found in the rain forest of Borneo - so far. Dennis E. Desjardin, a world-roaming mycologist, has just identified, described and named the curious fungal blob that a team of colleagues brought to his laboratory at San Francisco State...
  • Fungi, Feces Show Comet Didn't Kill Ice Age Mammals?

    06/24/2010 8:43:43 AM PDT · by Palter · 18 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 22 June 2010 | John Roach
    Tiny balls of fungus and feces may disprove the theory that a huge space rock exploded over North America about 12,900 years ago, triggering a thousand-year cold snap, according to a new study. The ancient temperature drop, called the Younger Dryas, has been well documented in the geologic record, including soil and ice core samples.The cool-down also coincides with the extinction of mammoths and other Ice Age mammals in North America, and it's thought to have spurred our hunter-gatherer ancestors in the Middle East to adopt an agricultural lifestyle.But the theory that a comet or asteroid explosion is behind the...
  • Lightning Makes Mushrooms Multiply

    04/10/2010 4:18:23 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 54 replies · 1,588+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | April 9, 2010 | Julian Ryall
    Lightning makes mushrooms more plentiful, according to ongoing research that offers a solid scientific basis for Japanese farming lore. For generations, Japanese farmers have welcomed storms over their fields based on the belief that lightning strikes provoke plentiful harvests of mushrooms, which are staples of Japanese cuisine. Currently, mushroom demand is so high that dealers are increasingly turning to foreign suppliers. Japan imports about 50,000 tons of mushrooms a year, mainly from China and South Korea. As part of a four-year study, scientists in northern Japan have been bombarding a variety of mushrooms in lab-based garden plots with artificially induced...
  • A Global Catastrophic Event Wiped Out Ancient Forests

    11/22/2009 8:10:55 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 129 replies · 2,942+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 7, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Fungi are single or multi-celled organisms that break down organic materials, such as rotting wood, in order to absorb their nutrients. Neither plant nor animal, they range from mushrooms to single-celled yeast. Scientists were investigating organic chemicals trapped in an Italian sedimentary rock formation when they found evidence that an extinct fungus feasted on dead wood during a time when the world’s forests had been catastrophically eradicated.[1] What could have caused such a universal effect on forests, and why does organic material remain in rocks that are supposedly 251.4 million years old?...
  • Fungi-Infested Violin Beats Strad

    10/06/2009 3:49:42 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies · 888+ views
    livescience ^ | October 2009 | Jeanna Bryner
    A violin made of wood treated with a fungus just bested the real McCoy — a Stradivarius crafted by the great master himself in 1711 — in a sound test in front of 180 people. The fungi-infested violins were created by Francis Schwarze of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research and the Swiss violin maker Michael Rhonheimer. In the test, which took place at a conference on forest husbandry in Germany (called “Osnabrücker Baumpflegetagen"), British violinist Matthew Trusler played five different instruments behind a curtain to keep the audience blinded. Trusler played his own strad (worth $2...
  • Around Cabbage Hammock

    06/14/2009 9:10:40 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies · 568+ views
    JUNE 14, 2009 | swampsniper
    The skeeters are so thick you can't breath unless you keep moving. Not many critters out, except during twilight hours. I got these shots just rambling around yesterday.
  • Shedding Light on the Protein Big Bang Theory

    03/15/2009 3:14:14 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 30 replies · 1,975+ views
    CEH ^ | March 13, 2009
    Shedding Light on the Protein Big Bang Theory March 13, 2009 — The precise three-dimensional structure of a typical protein molecule is so complex, its origin would seem hopeless by chance. What if evolutionary biologists were to discover a whole host of proteins literally exploded into existence at the beginning of complex life? We can find out what they would think by looking at an article on the “protein big bang” found on Astrobiology Magazine...
  • Silent spring

    07/25/2008 2:12:31 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 41 replies · 194+ views
    Cosmos Magazine ^ | June 2008 | Lauren Monaghan
    Deep in the radioactive bowels of the smashed Chernobyl reactor, a strange new lifeform is blooming. TWENTY-TWO YEARS AGO, on 26 April 1986, reactor No 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, in Ukraine, blew apart, spewing radioactive dust and debris far and wide. Ever since, a 30 km 'exclusion zone' has existed around the contaminated site, accessible to those with special clearance only. It's quite easy, then, to conjure an apocalyptic vision of the area; to imagine an eerily deserted wasteland, utterly devoid of life. But the truth is quite the opposite. The exclusion zone is teeming with wildlife...
  • Fungus Could Be a Fix for Uranium Pollution

    05/06/2008 9:20:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 499+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 5 May 2008 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageYum-yum! It would sicken or kill other organisms, but this mycorrhizal fungus consumes depleted uranium and leaves it in a less mobile form.Credit: Marina Fomina et al. (Current Biology 18) Uranium pollution from high-tech armor and munitions is one of the dangerous legacies of the wars in the Balkans and Iraq. But a naturally occurring fungus might help combat the spread of that pollution into local ecosystems. The fungus transforms the uranium into a stable form that shouldn't work its way into the food chain, a new study shows. The findings potentially could help engineers isolate the toxic...
  • Fungi Make Biodiesel Efficiently at Room Temperature

    08/21/2007 10:11:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies · 875+ views
    news.speeple.com ^ | 8/20/2007 | Aaron Rowe
    Scientists at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology have found a much better way to make biodiesel. Their new method could lower the cost and increase the energy efficiency of fuel production. Instead of mixing the ingredients and heating them for hours, the chemical engineers pass sunflower oil and methanol through a bed of pellets made from fungal spores. An enzyme produced by the fungus does the work -- making biodiesel with impressive efficiency. Last Monday, Ravichandra Potumarthi showed off his work during a poster session at the International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. After returning to his lab in...
  • Alien Invasion: The Fungus That Came to Canada - VICTORIA, B.C.

    04/07/2007 6:30:18 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 23 replies · 1,030+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/7/07 | Doug Struck
    The mystery emerged slowly, its clues maddeningly diverse. Sally Lester, an animal pathologist at a British Columbia laboratory, slipped a slide under her microscope -- a tissue from a dog on Vancouver Island. Her lens focused on a tiny cell that looked like a boiled egg. It was late 1999. She had started seeing a lot of those. On the eastern side of the island, several dead porpoises washed ashore early the next year. Scientist Craig Stephen, who runs a research center on the island, slit one open. He found its lungs seized by pneumonia and its other organs swollen...
  • US plans mass production of the truffle

    03/10/2007 9:10:55 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 34 replies · 1,713+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/11/2007 | James Langton
    The French have fought a losing battle with the vineyards of California and suffered the indignity of having their elegant pommes frites renamed "Freedom Fries". Now they face a new challenge from America over their most highly-prized and aromatic delicacy. Just a few miles from the birthplace of frontier pioneer Davy Crockett, mushroom expert Tom Michaels has unlocked the secret of commercial production of the famous Périgord black truffle. In a breakthrough that could one day make an American-grown Périgord truffle as ubiquitous worldwide as the Big Mac, Mr Michaels has produced his first crop of the pungent nodules in...
  • Pillows - a hot bed of fungal spores

    10/17/2005 3:26:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 78 replies · 1,525+ views
    Researchers at The University of Manchester funded by the Fungal Research Trust have discovered millions of fungal spores right under our noses - in our pillows. Aspergillus fumigatus, the species most commonly found in the pillows, is most likely to cause disease; and the resulting condition Aspergillosis has become the leading infectious cause of death in leukaemia and bone marrow transplant patients. Fungi also exacerbate asthma in adults. The researchers dissected both feather and synthetic samples and identified several thousand spores of fungus per gram of used pillow - more than a million spores per pillow. Fungal contamination of bedding...
  • ZOT! To the foolish Conservative

    05/13/2005 11:34:11 AM PDT · by Fingers full of Fungus · 50 replies · 764+ views
    To the foolish Conservative Many days have passed and many hours spent thinking. And i have become all the more powerful. You read this and the puss in your mind boils, for you know that while you ridicule me I steal away your integrity. Because my thoughts ring true with your own, but you are afraid to believe such things, knowing full well the punishment for an itch. I have been greeted with snares and cold food. For what is different than me? Who could make the list? And what of your family? Do they eat with you, sleep with...
  • Detritus of life abounds in the atmosphere

    03/31/2005 2:36:28 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 324+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3/31/05 | Fred Pearce
    Could dandruff be altering the world’s climate? Along with fur, algae, pollen, fungi, bacteria, viruses and various other “bio-aerosols” wafting around in the atmosphere, it may well be. A global study has found that tiny fragments of biological detritus are a major component of the atmosphere, controlling the weather and forming a previously hidden microbial metropolis in the skies. Besides their climatic influence, they may even be spreading diseases across the globe. Scientists have known for some time that aerosols of soot, dust and ash can influence climate by reflecting or absorbing the Sun’s rays and by providing the condensation...
  • Expert Finds Dandruff in Air Pollutants

    03/31/2005 1:35:43 PM PST · by anymouse · 7 replies · 879+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/31/05 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    A researcher has discovered unexpectedly large amounts of dandruff and other flaking skin, fur, pollen and similar materials in air pollutants known as aerosols. Aerosols, tiny particles in the air, are widely studied because they are an important factor in regulating climate, variously absorbing heat to warm the air and reflecting sunlight to cool it. They are also important in forming rain and snow. But the amount of cellular material — bacteria, plant fragments, spores, fungi and so forth — had been thought to be only a small proportion compared with mineral dusts, clay and sea salt. Now, Ruprecht Jaenicke...
  • A World Ruled By Fungi

    03/30/2004 6:51:35 PM PST · by vannrox · 19 replies · 352+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2004-03-08 | Swedish Research Council
    The catastrophe that extinguished the dinosaurs and other animal species, 65 million years ago also brought dramatic changes to the vegetation. In a study presented in latest issue of the journal Science, the paleontologists Vivi Vajda from the University of Lund, Sweden and Stephen McLoughlin from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia have described what happened to the vegetation month by month. They depict a world in darkness where the fungi had taken over. It´s known that an asteroid hit the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico at the end of the Cretaceous Period. It left a 180 km wide crater and...