43. He’s One Fungi

They’re not animals, they’re not plants, and they’re delicious in stir-fry.  Despite the fact that mushrooms have been used in medicine for thousands of years, they still remain a bit of mystery to us humans.  The more research we do, the more we realize that fungi might be our greatest tool in the quest for saving the world.

Disclaimer: These ones are poison.

A special thanks to Dr. Ann Rasmussen from Oregon State University for lending us her mycological expertise!

17. Bioluminescence

Its December, the world is cold and dark. Luckily the world glows bright with the magic of bioluminescent organisms! Fireflies, squid, mushrooms, and bacteria generate their own light for the purposes of luring prey, attracting mates, and even blending in with their environments. Follow Keera and Kira on a magical journey to discover:

  • What’s special about a bioluminescent animal’s body
  • An exotic Brazilian mushroom that glows in the dark, and how scientists discovered its purpose
  • What happens when scientists inject genes for glowing proteins into traditionally non-glowy organisms