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Category: Specific Organisms :: Fungi
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The coolest biology is under the microscope 22.4.2014 New Scientist: GM Organisms
Almost everything important takes place in the microbial world, argues Nicholas Money in his lively but rather disorganised book The Amoeba in the ...
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A fungus is devastating area's bat populations 21.4.2014 Philly.com News
They have voracious appetites. Each can devour more than 1,000 insects an hour, up to its entire body weight in a single night.
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White-Nose Syndrome, Fatal Fungal Disease, Reaches Bats In Wisconsin and Michigan 11.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Brendan O'Brien April 10 (Reuters) - Bats in Wisconsin and Michigan have been infected with a disease that has killed millions of the mosquito-eating mammals elsewhere in the U.S. and could have a detrimental impact on farming and forestry, wildlife officials said on Thursday. White-nose syndrome appeared in five small brown bats collected in February and March in northern Michigan during routine surveillance, the state's Department of Natural Resources said in a statement. "Even though we've known this disease was coming, it is a disappointing day," said Dan O'Brien, a department wildlife veterinarian. Two bats in Wisconsin tested positive for the fungal disease after they were collected in a mine during winter surveillance in Grant County, near the Illinois border, where the disease was confirmed in 2012. White-nose syndrome is mainly spread from bat to bat, but it is also possible for humans to transport spores via clothing and gear from fungus contaminated sites such as caves and ...
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Fungal disease fatal to bats spreads to half of US 11.4.2014 Yahoo: US National
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and now has been detected in half of the United States, officials said ...
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Baby Porcupine Rescued From Dead Mother's Womb After Car Accident (VIDEO) 30.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A Maine man went to look for mushrooms, but instead, came home with something much cuter and charismatic.

Jared Buzzell was driving with a friend when he saw a car hit a porcupine ahead of him. He then decided to approach the critter and search for its bezoar -- a stone-like material that some think has medicinal value. Instead of the bezoar, he found an adorable baby porcupine that he is now rearing and rehabilitating at his house.

Until the Buzzells give him away to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, they are enjoying the extra guest and feeding it every few hours with a baby doll bottle. Could this lucky little porcupine get any cuter!?
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Thought-to-be-Extinct Harlequin Frog Rediscovered in Costa Rica 19.3.2014 Environmental News Network
The critically endangered harlequin frog (Atelopus varius), believed to be extinct in Costa Rica, has been rediscovered in the Talamanca Mountains of southern Costa Rica by an international team of researchers. The harlequin frog was a relatively common species in areas of Costa Rica and Panama until 1988, when populations declined rapidly, primarily as a result of the invasive, infectious chytrid fungus (implicated in extinctions of hundreds of amphibian species globally). The increasingly rare harlequin was believed extirpated from Costa Rica until 2004, when two individual harlequin frogs were spotted in a remote area near Manuel Antonio National Park in the western region of the country. Unfortunately, no harlequin frogs have been seen at this location since then.
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Volcanoes helped Antarctic organisms survive ice ages, study suggests 15.3.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
A study suggests organisms native to the South Pole survived ice ages by huddling in pockets of warmth created by the heat of underground volcanoes. It’s a new finding for the Antarctic, says a researcher, and “It is opening up a new way of thinking.”
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The Mammoth Cometh 27.2.2014 NYT: Home Page
The Mammoth Cometh
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Compostable tower made of fungi & agricultural waste to rise in NYC 19.2.2014 TreeHugger
This winning competition entry for a temporary installation will feature biologically cultivated bricks made with cornstalks and mushroom mycelium.
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The Conversation: Elizabeth Kolbert and Bill McKibben 7.2.2014 American Prospect
F ive great extinctions have occurred in the history of Earth. Now, in The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History , journalist Elizabeth Kolbert eulogizes the decline of a handful of species and makes the case that a new mass die-off is under way. Industrial processes that pump carbon dioxide into the ocean are making life untenable for the thousands of plants and creatures that live in its depths, especially the vast but fragile coral reefs. Whole populations of bats in the northeastern United States have been decimated by a fungus brought to New England by an unsuspecting European traveler. The great auk, an extinct bird, suffered its last stand on an Icelandic island after being relentlessly hunted for just a few decades. By the end of the 21st century, scientists estimate that half of the world’s biodiversity will be gone. This extermination, which has the potential to be the most cataclysmic, is almost entirely driven by humans. The beginning of the sixth extinction coincided with ...
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Psychedelics That Cure Headaches 5.2.2014 Yahoo: Politics

Psychedelics That Cure HeadachesYes, it’s a thing.


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Adorable Nepalese Red Panda Cubs Born At Auckland Zoo (VIDEO) 5.2.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Adorable Nepalese Red Panda Cubs Born At Auckland Zoo (VIDEO)
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Panama’s sloths harbor potential drugs 30.1.2014 Environmental News Network
Sloths may be slow, apparently boring animals, but their hair is fast becoming an intriguing avenue for scientists seeking new drugs, including antibiotics and cancer-fighting compounds. A paper published in PLOS One this month (15 January) shows that sloth hair harbors a rich diversity of fungi whose extracts may contain a treasure trove of compounds active against bacteria, breast cancer cells and the parasites that cause malaria and Chagas’ disease.
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Climate Change This Week: Faster Heating, A Stitch in Time, and More! 24.1.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
To find out how, check out Pear Energy and Ethical Electricity . * * Deforestation in Malaysian Borneo. A recent analysis found that Malaysia, which is a part of the TPP, has the world's highest deforestation rate between 2000-2012. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler of Mongabay.com ☼☼☼ On the Bright Side ☼☼☼ ___________ People of the First Nations are leading the way in opposing Canadian Tar Sands, and are taking their fight to the courts. Credit John Isaac (United Nations) via www.firstnations.eu ☼☼☼ BRIGHT IDEAS ☼☼☼ Ceres, an award-winning organization devoted to mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy, has produced a report outlining how to do so; it, or its executive summary, can be downloaded here For more news on green technology, click here . * * ☼☼☼ BRIGHT DEVELOPMENTS ☼☼☼ source mjmonty via RTCC.org ☼☼☼ BRIGHT SIDE, STATE SIDE ☼☼☼ Google's California ...
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The Menagerie of Lesser-Known Experts 3.1.2014 American Prospect
expert : “An ‘expert,’ judging not by dictionary definitions but by common usage, is a young man who is hired by a newspaper to make prophecies which are never fulfilled and to express opinions which are ultimately proved to have been all wrong.” It's hard to flip through a newspaper without seeing the assembled attitudes of the world's many experts ( defined by Urban Dictionary as "someone with a blog or a dude with an opinion"). Each reporter has their go-to legal expert, their reliable election expert, their immigration and education experts, who can be called upon when a story gets just too chewy to tackle alone. A cursory examination of today's print editions reveals the opinions of environmental and health experts , climate experts , medical experts , earthquake experts , and Matthew McConaughey (expert-in-training). The sheer magnitude of experts referenced regularly seems to hint at a bit of expert inflation (we blame millennials), but sometimes an expert quoted in an article is ...
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5 green causes for holiday gift donations 22.11.2013 TreeHugger
Gifts that don't involve "stuff" are all the rage these days. What could be a better present than a greener, fairer future?
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Getting Dirty Is Good for Your Immune System 6.11.2013 Commondreams.org Views
David Suzuki Go outside in nature and get dirty. It's healthy for you. (Photo: Shutterstock) For much of human history we lived close to the natural world. As civilization evolved we became increasingly urbanized, and most of us now live in cities. As we"ve moved away from nature, we"ve seen a decline in other forms of life. Biodiversity is disappearing. The current rate of loss is perhaps as high as 10,000 times the natural rate. read ...
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Getting dirty may be healthy 6.11.2013 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
For much of human history we lived close to the natural world. As civilization evolved we became increasingly urbanized, and most of us now live in cities. As we’ve moved away from nature, we’ve seen a decline in other forms of life. Biodiversity is disappearing. The current rate of loss is perhaps as high as 10,000 times the natural rate. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s 2008 Red List of Threatened Species shows 16,928 plant and animal species are threatened with extinction. This includes a quarter of all mammal species, a third of amphibian species and an eighth of bird species. read ...
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Where's Your Mushroom Plot? Don't Even Ask an Estonian 31.10.2013 Wall St. Journal: World
Wild mushrooms and berries can be freely gathered from Estonia's forests. But don't ask for details: Fans consider their private haunts sacred ground.
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Estonians Will Tell You Anything, Except Where the Mushrooms Are 31.10.2013 Wall St. Journal: Page One
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