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Image of the Day: Night Lights

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2017

The bioluminescent mushroom, Neonothopanus gardneri, glows green when luciferase enzymes interact with luciferin molecules, triggering a chemical reaction that releases light.

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“Magic” Mushroom Compound Eases Depression

By Tanya Lewis | May 17, 2016

Psilocybin led to an improvement in symptoms for treatment-resistant patients, according to a small study.

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Magic Mushroom Dreams

By Jef Akst | July 3, 2014

A psychedelic compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms triggers brain activity characteristic of dream states.

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Genome Digest

By Beth Marie Mole | October 15, 2012

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Poisonous Shrooms Battle Cancer

By Megan Scudellari | April 4, 2012

A deadly mushroom toxin shrinks pancreatic tumors in mice.

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Scanning the Psychedelic Brain

By Ruth Williams | January 23, 2012

Brain scans reveal the surprising secret of magic mushrooms’ hallucinogenic effect.

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Man-Eating Mushrooms

By Jef Akst | September 9, 2011

An artist suggests that being buried in a suit laden with decomposing fungi may be healthier for the mind and the environment.

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