[ExI] book: Entangled Life
tara at taramayastales.com
Fri May 14 17:44:35 UTC 2021
I read this book, Entangled Lives, while doing research for a science fiction series set in the far future. Most people could enjoy it quite aside from such a goal, however! It's a great read.
> On May 13, 2021, at 10:58 AM, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> This book on fungi goes straight into the top ten books of any kind that I have read in my life. And it's a first book!
> What medical marvels are under our feet? Millions of species largely unknown.
> Too many things to include. Just get the book.
> One teaser: DARPA has given a company a grant to develop mycelial barracks which will decompose when unneeded OK, one more for Spike:
> Adding 1% extract of two species added to bees' sugar water reduced deformed wing virus 80 fold; another fungus reduced levels of Lake sinai virus nearly 90 fold; another fungus reduced it 45K fold The antiviral possibilities for bees and us are enormous.
> Lamps, furniture from Evocative (400 tons a year), packaging materials replacing plastics, fungi to eat plastics, kits to make snowboards and furniture, fungi that live on radiation (first thing to come to life in Chernobyl), and many many more. Just stunning.
> How smart? A fungus encountered a bead of glyphosate. It produced enzyme after enzyme for a week until it hit on one that decomposed the glyphosate. Can live happily on used baby diapers and cigarette butts. Most companies use vegetative waste.
> Just get the damned book! bill w
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