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How does a northern flying squirrel ‘fly’?

The Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) has a special talent of gliding long distances. With bold leaps, these nocturnal, arboreal animals can parachute almost 46 meters (150 feet) between trees thanks to me...

Fungi Matter, an animation for Kew

Fungi matter. They connect all life on Earth. They play a part in fighting cancer, infections, and heart disease. They provide plants with nutrients to survive. They can even break down plastics and generate biofuels....

Which life form really dominates Earth?

In 2018, there are around 7.6 billion people on the planet, but weigh us all together on a giant scale and we only make up 1/10,000 of Earth’s biomass. What is biomass? And what life forms dominate the rest of the pla...

The Wood Wide Web: How trees secretly talk to and share with each other

Trees secretly talk to each other underground. They're passing information and resources to and from each other through a network of mycorrhizal fungi—mykós means fungus and riza means root in Greek—a mat of long, thi...

Fungus: The Plastic of the Future

In 2014, Ecovative Designs was working to combine mycelium with local crop waste to make a compostable biomaterial for packaging, and continue to expand their efforts. One example: A collaboration with Netherlands-bas...

Why isn’t the world covered in poop?

Each day, the animal kingdom produces roughly enough poop to match the volume of water pouring over Victoria Falls. So why isn’t the planet covered in the stuff? You can thank the humble dung beetle for eating up the ...

Collecting some 350 fungi specimens in the Ecuadorian Andes

Of an estimated 3.2 million species of fungi, only some 120,000 are known to science. Most of the undescribed species reside in the tropics. In 2014, myself [Danny Newman] and a fellow mycologist, Roo Vandegrift, coll...

Can Mushrooms Save the Honey Bee? – bioGraphic

Honey bees, pollinators that contribute their skills to a third of our edible crops, have been suffering from a recent phenomenon called colony collapse disorder (CCD), possibly caused by a mix of pathogens, parasites...

The Arctic vs. the Antarctic

If you're first learning about them, the Arctic and the Antarctic might be a bit confusing. Which one is which? Where are the penguins and where are the polar bears? Which is made of melting ice and which is a desert?...

Glowing, blooming fungi in time lapse – Planet Earth II

Update: The video has been removed from YouTube. You can find the BBC's Planet Earth II nature series on Amazon. Fungi, unlike plants, thrive in the darkness of the forest floor. They're hidden, until they begin to...

The Fungi in Your Future: Mushroom leather, furniture, and more

Mushrooms come in a wide variety of species, they recycle dead plants which helps to create nutrient soil, and they can be turned into food, furniture, packaging, leather, and more. Enter MycoWorks, a team of engineer...

Wim van Egmond’s award-winning microscopic videos

Winning first place in Nikon's 2015 Small Worlds in Motion competition, this is a Trachelius ciliate feeding on a Campanella ciliate -- "a classic life and death struggle played out in miniature" -- captured by Wim va...

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) – A time lapse of growth

Watch as these fly agaric or amanita muscaria mushrooms grow and die in a time lapse filmed by enthusiast Neil Bromhall. Amanita muscaria is a striking red mushroom with white spots. It is the classic fairy tale to...

Bioluminescent forest: Nature reimagined with projection mapping

How might you imagine small forest creatures and plants looking if they were bioluminescent? Which animals and plants would you pick to glow, and what patterns and colors would you design for them? Artists Friedri...

Biodegradable mushroom packaging from Ecovative Designs

What if we could replace plastics and styrofoam with something much more sustainable? Something that wouldn’t fill our landfills, pollute our beaches, or float out into our ocean gyres? ...

What is the Biggest Organism on Earth?

If the blue whale is the biggest animal on Earth, and a Sequoia redwood tree is the tallest tree, what are the heaviest or most widespread organisms that explorers and scientists have ever found? Minute Earth explains...

Jiggling mushrooms travel on machines at the processing factory

It's a mushroom processing factory! Film a series of massive machines complete with automated conveyor belts, size sorters, stem choppers, etc and suddenly you've got kids who are fascinated how mushrooms get from the...

The Fungarium and Millennium Seed Bank Partnership at Kew

Most people know Kew Gardens as home of the world’s largest living plant collection but are not aware that it is also the location of an internationally important botanical research and educational instit...


 
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