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Mycelium to save the planet?????

 
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PostPosted: Thu 15 May, 2008 12:59 pm    Post subject: Mycelium to save the planet????? Reply with quote

I remember learning in high school that mushrooms spring from an underground network called mycelium. It was never mentioned (or perhaps even known) that this network was fundamental to life on earth. Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium -- and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world. It is an amazing presentation from TED http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/258


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PostPosted: Fri 16 May, 2008 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing indeed.

For those who haven't watched this yet, the speaker obviously isn't a regular speaker. He's a bit awkward, gets overexcited, drops words, mumbles occasionally, etc, but that somehow makes it even more interesting.

I hope some of his "6 ways to save the world" get adopted. They seem almost too good to be true.

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PostPosted: Sat 17 May, 2008 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great link. Many thanks MEF.
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PostPosted: Sat 17 May, 2008 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David wrote:
Grapes explode in the microwave.


Thanks for this advice, even though I'm not sure why one would heat grapes.

Will also try to watch the mushroom flic. the Zed talks I've listened to have all been very interesting.



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PostPosted: Sat 17 May, 2008 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting talk. The information about the termites is fascinating. I wonder if it works with ants in the strawberries? I didn't understand everything, given that I'm not a mycellologist? mycellinian? biologist, but it seems to me that if he's right, the planet CAN be saved.

It's never occurred to me to heat grapes but now that I have this information about grapes exploding in the microwave, I have a desire to try it except that I really don't want to clean the microwave of grape residue.


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PostPosted: Sun 18 May, 2008 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrsBrown wrote:
The information about the termites is fascinating. I wonder if it works with ants in the strawberries?


I've always assumed that ants wandering around a particular section of the garden is an indication that aphids are close by. Do the ants eat the strawberries? Or are they simply cleaning up other debris?

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I didn't understand everything, given that I'm not a mycellologist? mycellinian? biologist, but it seems to me that if he's right, the planet CAN be saved.


I was on pretty shaky ground throughout most of the talk but the glimmerings I caught did seem pretty convincing. I particularly liked the pile of toxic(?) pile experiment.

I also liked his idea of using cardboard boxes as plant containers.

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now that I have this information about grapes exploding in the microwave, I have a desire to try it


For the first time ever, I now have a desire to get a microwave oven - just so I can see the grapes explode. Has anyone filmed them exploding?



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PostPosted: Sun 18 May, 2008 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ejm wrote:

For the first time ever, I now have a desire to get a microwave oven - just so I can see the grapes explode. Has anyone filmed them exploding?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i2lhO3bSjQ&feature=related

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I thought it was whole grapes exploding. The carefully prepared grapes are interesting, but somehow less thrilling than whole grapes would be.


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PostPosted: Mon 19 May, 2008 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blm wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i2lhO3bSjQ&feature=related

Spoiler (highlight to read):
I thought it was whole grapes exploding. The carefully prepared grapes are interesting, but somehow less thrilling than whole grapes would be.


Spoiler (highlight to read):
I thought it had something to do with the glass. But no. Here are two that don't utilize the glass.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6vV1y17bx4&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb6WCkC0K1I&NR=1

And this page explains why grapes explode in the microwave (at least I think it does - I only skimmed it and didn't really understand it) It does not explain why someone would purposely put grapes into a microwave oven just to see them explode.
http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Temple/3717/Geeks/eegrape.htm

edit: I am happy to know that I no longer feel the need to purchase a microwave oven. And to get back vaguely (I did say vaguely) on topic, I bet that microwave ovens are not part of the solution to saving the world.



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