Mushrooms have an extraordinary ability to control the weather, scientists have learned.
By altering the moisture of the air around them, they whip up winds that blow away their spores and help them disperse.
Plants use a variety of methods to spread seeds, including gravity, forceful ejection, wind, water and animals. Mushrooms have long been thought of as passive seed spreaders, releasing their spores and then relying on air currents to carry them.
But new research has shown that mushrooms are able to disperse their spores over a wide area even when there is not a breath of wind - by creating their own weather.
Scientists in the US used high-speed filming techniques and mathematical modelling to show how oyster and Shitake mushrooms release water vapour that cools the air around them, creating convection currents. This in turn generates miniature winds that lift their spores into the air.
I for one welcome our new fungal overlords
I once made that exact same statement in response to an article about how some fungi have developed ways of "farming" animals and humans for their own benefit, and people started screaming.
Sometimes I get sad when people say things like “Lower then dirt” because really, dirt is very nice! It is rich in good nutrients that make plants grow, it can be cool and nice to the touch, unless it is that itchy soil, but even that kind of soil is good for the plants. Dirt caked into your palm lines and under your fingernails can signify a satisfying days work and it all as a wonderful color. Worms live, eat, and make dirt and I also like worms. Dirt and mud is good for kids and fun. If I can be half as useful as a good amount of healthy rich dirt in my lifetime, then I would feel satisfied in my own usefulness.
"Children are required to be in school, where their freedom is greatly restricted, far more than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. In recent decades we’ve been compelling them to spend ever more time in this kind of setting, and there’s strong evidence that this is causing psychological damage to many of them. And as scientists have investigated how children naturally learn, they’ve realized that kids do so most deeply and fully, and with greatest enthusiasm, in conditions that are almost opposite to those of school….
Most people assume that the basic design of today’s schools emerged from scientific evidence about how children learn. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Schools as we know them today are a product of history, not research.
Research has shown that people of all ages learn best when they are self-motivated, pursuing answers to questions that reflect their personal interests and achieving goals that they’ve set for themselves. Under such conditions, learning is usually joyful.
The evidence for all of this is obvious to anyone who’s watched a child grow from infancy to school age. Through their own efforts, children figure out how to walk, run, jump, and climb. They learn from scratch their native language, and with that, they learn to assert their will, argue, amuse, annoy, befriend, charm, and ask questions.
They do all of this before anyone, in any systematic way, tries to teach them anything.
This amazing drive and capacity to learn does not turn itself off when children reach five or six. But we turn it off with our coercive system of schooling.”
As someone who has home-schooled, private schooled, public schooled, and worked in several different work environments I will tell you right now. The school system is a toxic environment that no adult would put up with living through for a day. If you wanted to kill yourself going through school then why do you turn around and put your child through that?
I understand not everyone can home-school (and I highly recommend if that route is chosen join or create a home-schooling group rather then solitary). But you are (or will be) the parents, don’t just drop your kids off in hope that they will be okay, take part in their education and what kind of environment they spend their day in.