Antioxidants Will Not Stop You From Dying

When you hear something is chock-full of antioxidants, the mental conclusion is often: That’s it—that’s the elixir of life, I have to eat a lot of that. But why do we all assume that loading up on anti-oxidants will somehow be the key to infinite youth? Read More >>

Adorable Kitchen Tool Turns Radishes Into Super Mario Power-ups

Radishes may not be the best food option to help a picky eater expand their palette. But if your kid loves playing Super Mario Bros., this neat little kitchen tool can turn red radishes into snack-sized power-ups that will also help your small human grow — just not as fast as Mario does. Read More >>

The Way That Mushrooms Bring the Rain Will Astound You

In forests across the world, Earth’s decomposers are helping seed clouds and promote rainstorms. Read More >>

Here’s How Psychedelic Drugs Rewire Your Brain

The image to the left is of the traffic inside a normal brain, thinking about things like crisps, football, money and what to say on Twitter that's both funny and politically correct. The brain to the right is a carefree one on a psychedelic drug, illustrating how much the connections in our heads can be rewired by magic mushrooms. [Wired] Read More >>

North Korea Invented a Sports Drink That’s Made From Fungi

Once again, North Korea has positioned itself at the forefront of some of the greatest state-of-the-art, trailblazing, pseudo-scientific delusions the world has ever known. This time, in the form of a fungus-based sports drink. Read More >>

Mushrooms Can Mine the Gold From Your Old Mobile Phones

Crack open your old phone, and you'll find lots of circuits and no lack of precious metals. "In 100,000 phones, it's estimated that there is 2.4 kilograms of gold, more than 900 kilograms of copper, 25 kilograms of silver, and more," according to Motherboard. Could a safer and and cheaper method of recovering that metal come by way of fungi? Read More >>

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. Read More >>

Amazonian Mushroom Eats Indestructible Plastics

We use polyurethane to make just about everything — garden hoses, furniture, the entirety of my local pound-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. Read More >>