These adorable mushrooms are in every children’s book illustration. They’re so cute, with their bright red umbrellas and white spots! They’re also psychoactive. And toxic.
Bioluminescence is not just a weirdly beautiful quality of some mushrooms. It's also a useful way to figure out, for instance, whether you've found a patch of delicious chanterelles or their look-alike Jack-o-lantern mushrooms, which are poisonous. But why does it happen?
Disposable diapers are made to be super-absorbend and super-durable — all the better for handling the all the waste produced by a human baby. All the worse for the environment because the diapers last hundreds of years in landfills. But a new project cut waste by using the diapers to grow mushrooms.
DNA testing on the contents of a dried porcini bag revealed three species without scientific names. Apparently, there are new mushrooms everywhere, including in your salad.
A giant mushroom measuring 36 inches across and weighing 33 pounds has been discovered by locals in China's Yunnan province. But as grotesquely huge as this fungus appears to be, it's far from being a world record.
From timelapse wizard Louie Schwartzberg comes a mesmerizing feature documentary about fungi that will forever change the way you look at mushrooms.
Ever eaten the inky cap mushroom? If you’re chewing some right now, that’s fine. Just don’t drink for a while. This mushroom doesn't harm sober people, but it brings down the wrath of god on drinkers.
You may have heard, from the internet or from someone making idle conversation at a cocktail party, that mushrooms are more like humans than they are like plants. What does that even mean? We'll work it out for you.
Remember that Chinese news report that accidentally identified a vagina-anus combination sex toy as an auspicious species of mushroom? Apparently one street huckster in China was so taken with this imbroglio that he's selling artificial genitalia as rare "meat mushrooms" for up to $2,800.
Residents of the Chinese town of Liucunbu recently unearthed an unknown rubbery "fungus" deep underground while drilling a well. Perplexed by this mycological mystery, the workers consulted the investigative journalism program Xi'an Up Close, who sent reporter Ye Yunfeng on the scene. Once there, she soon identified…
What's fabulous about this urban mushroom farm isn't just that it produces 200 pounds of mushrooms in just a few weeks using recycled coffee grounds. It's also that it's small enough and attractive enough to sit in a lobby, a storefront, or any other public indoor space.
Scientists this week published a study that reveals what the human brain looks like under the influence of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic chemical found in magic mushrooms.
Designer Jae Rhim Lee is concerned about the carcinogenic affects of the funerary preservative formaldehyde. That's why she's invented the Infinity Burial Suit — a.k.a. the Mushroom Death Suit — a postmortem garment designed to consume the wearer's corpse.
In 1840, English botanist George Gardner was traveling in Brazil. One night, he noticed some boys playing with a strange, glowing object. To his shock, he had encountered a bioluminescent mushroom. It's only taken 170 years to find some more.
Artist Bryan Lewis Saunders explores the effects of various drugs — legal and illegal — on his self-perception by creating self-portraits while under the influence. This is his face on drugs.
Could a Chinese fungus provide a crucial missing link to new cancer treatments? Scientists have struggled for decades with one major drawback of the Cordyceps, a parasitic mushroom — but now they may have cracked the riddle.
These mushrooms may not have any hallucinogenic properties, but they are psychedelic in their own right, emitting a yellow-green glow in the darkness. Seven new species of luminescent mushrooms give fungal enthusiasts new insight into mushrooms' glowing evolution.
You might already know about the glowing mushrooms of Japan. Every spring, the rains cause bioluminescent fungi to peep out from tree trunks and forest floors. For years scientists believed that these rare mushrooms grew nowhere else in the world. But now the glowers turn out to thrive in the forests of Brazil, too.…