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The biotech firm Ecovative Design makes products from mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms.

This fungus-based material is being used to imitate Styrofoam, leather, and even bacon

Mycelium, a material derived from fungus, is unique because it's edible and easy to grow and shape into different forms.
Mushrooms were once an uncommon food in Syria, but they have become a vital resource for refugees as the price of meat has skyrocketed.

Mushrooms used to be rare in Syria — but thousands of refugees are now relying on them to survive

In 2016, a Syrian nonprofit began cultivating mushrooms and giving them out to civilians to use as a meat substitute.

A full-scale nuclear winter would trigger a global famine. A disaster expert put together a doomsday diet to save humanity.

Disaster planner David Denkenberger suggests eating foods that can grow without much light, like mushrooms and seaweed.
Raphael Manet checks the growth of oyster mushrooms at the "Bunker Comestible," (the "edible bunker") in Strasbourg, France, on February 19, 2018. The organic farm was established in a former gunpowder warehouse bunker used during the Franco-German 1870 war.

In the event of a killer asteroid, volcanic apocalypse, or nuclear holocaust, mushrooms could save humanity from extinction

Human survivors of an apocalyptic catastrophe could start a new food system with mushrooms. The other food options might not be as appetizing.

Evidence is mounting that psychedelic drugs can help treat diseases. Here are the most promising uses.

There's been a resurgence of interest in psychedelic drugs' potential to treat conditions like depression. Research is beginning to yield new treatments.

NUS study finds that seniors who eat more mushrooms may have a lower risk of cognitive decline – here’s how much they ate per week

This could be because of the presence of a specific compound called ergothioneine found in almost all mushroom varieties.

A team of Johns Hopkins researchers is calling for magic mushrooms to be made legally available as medicine

A group of scientists from Johns Hopkins University recently published an article in which they concluded that psilocybin, the active component of the psychedelic drug magic mushrooms, has a low risk of harm and should be legally available as medicine.

A startup that turns mushrooms into IKEA packaging has introduced a new platform that could change the way lab-grown meat is made

A startup that makes environmentally-friendly packaging for IKEA and Dell is planning a big transition into the realms of lab-grown meat and beyond. Ecovative wants its new mushroom-growing platform to become the backbone of several manufacturing efforts, including making meat without slaughter.

Psychedelic drugs appear to fundamentally reorganize the brain — and they’re starting to turn into approved treatments

From magic mushrooms to ketamine, the drugs are being tested for their potential to treat an array of diseases and conditions that currently lack adequate treatments.

We spent the day with a professional mushroom-hunter who forages ingredients for top fine-dining restaurants

Foraging is the new frontier among top restaurants. We spent the day with a professional forager to see how he makes a living.