10 Fantastic Fungi Facts

Fungi are totally crazy! Glow in the dark fungi, mushrooms that turn to goop, mass hallucinations, and more – it is a whacky world. I really struggled to make a video with only 10 facts, but I figured 7 minutes is long enough (for now).

Hopefully you learned something about the strange world of mushrooms, molds, and yeasts. If there is some other science-y thing you’d like to learn about, whether fungi or other, please let me know in the comments, and thanks for watching!

 

Are Mushrooms Plants?

I’m super obsessed with Fungi… In fact, I know this is only the first of many videos on fungi that I will make. In this little foray into fungi taxonomy, we go into what separates mushrooms from plants: why they are different and how we know. Hopefully there are some fungi facts you find surprising, because this is indeed one of the strangest groups in the kingdom of life.

Painting Science

20160219_155904I’ve been gone from this site for a long time. I’ve been teaching science full-time, and I’ve been (among other things) having fun with painting science. Since I updated the header image (left), I thought I’d better explain a bit of what is going on with it.

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-3-20-50-pmFirst, if it looks at all familiar, that is because I stole the composition from Composition VIII by Kandinsky (right). He had synesthesia, which means that he saw sound, and decided to paint it. Yes, his was much, much better.

But I had a lot of fun with it! I turned his big white angle into a normal distribution; turned the big red and black circles into the coordinates of Earth as written on the voyager space craft; and tried to fill it with a number of other nerdisms. Leave a comment if you can identify any of them!

I’ve also been getting into painting with chaotic pendulums:

unnamed-copyI plan to make a video about them soon, and I recently did a Science Slam about Chaos in general. In the meantime, I post some of those photos on instagram, so feel free to check those out. Here is one, to get your appetite wet with paint:

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Cheers for now!