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Scientists Discover New Species of Glow-in-the-Dark Mushrooms


The mushrooms pictured above are from a forest in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They're one of several new species:

"The freaky findings, reported today in the journal Mycologia, increases the number of aglow mushroom species from 64 to 71, shedding light on the evolution of luminescence in nature. The newly identified mushrooms, which emit a bright, yellowish-green light 24 hours a day, were found in Belize, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia and Puerto Rico. They include four species new to science and three new reports of luminescence in known species."

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  1. I love when you post scientific items, it really keeps me coming back to the site several times a day. Even though it isn't gay related it is very interesting.

    Thank you

    Posted by: fernlaplante | Oct 6, 2009 2:08:29 PM

  2. Not gay related? I know at least 20 gays who would climb up on a box in a crowded dancefloor and twirl these things around for hours.

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 6, 2009 2:19:41 PM

  3. COOL

    I love bioluminescence

    Check this out. The bioluminescence is caused by microscopic dinoflagellates in the water of the bay and when agitated they glow

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 6, 2009 2:47:14 PM

  4. PS



    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Oct 6, 2009 2:48:46 PM

  5. I thought we already had mushrooms that make things glow?

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 6, 2009 5:08:02 PM

  6. this is the old fashioned glow? k?

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Oct 6, 2009 8:09:39 PM

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