mushrooms

Creating leather-like goods from fungus

Working professionally with mushrooms tends to be the domain of mycologists and chefs, but a San Francisco bay startup called MycoWorks is toying with the latus like roots of mushrooms called mycelium to turn the living organism into a substance as tough and pliable as leather or as rigid as wood.

Combating plummeting bee populations

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly half of all honey bee colonies across the country died in the 204 season. The factors driving the population down remain unclear, but two scientists have teamed up to save collapsing colonies using an unconventional remedy.