NASA to create bioengineered drones made of mushrooms and bacteria


Prototype of the bioengineered drone.

Autonomous drones can seem like they have minds of their own and that creeps out some people.  But a new, NASA-backed research project seeks to create something quite different: A living, breathing, biodegradable drone made out of bacteria and fungi.



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Magic mushrooms could have medical benefits, researchers say


Magic Mushrooms can induce transcendental states.

The hallucinogen in magic mushrooms may no longer just be for hippies seeking a trippy high.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have been studying the effects of psilocybin, a chemical found in some psychedelic mushrooms, that’s credited with inducing transcendental states. Now, they say, they’ve zeroed in on the perfect dosage level to produce transformative mystical and spiritual experiences that offer long-lasting life-changing benefits, while carrying little risk of negative reactions.

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Zombie Ants Controlled by Four New Species of Fungi


A stalk of the newfound fungus species Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzani, grows out of a “zombie” ant’s head in a Brazilian rain forest.

 Originally thought to be a single species, called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, the fungus is actually four distinct species—all of which can “mind control” ants—scientists announced last week. (pics)


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Lightning Makes Mushrooms Multiply

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Mushroom multiplication from a flash of lightning?
According to a Japanese farming folklore, mushroom harvest will be good when there’s a lot of lightning. Sounds like nonsense? Not so fast: scientists have discovered that electricity does make some species of mushroom multiply.

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 lightning to see if electricity actually makes the fungi multiply…

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