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Dude, Why is My Mushroom Glowing? Scientists Have the Answer

If you think you see a glowing mushroom, you might not be having a psychedelic hallucination. Some mushrooms indeed are bioluminescent, including one that sprouts among decaying leaves at the base of young palm trees in Brazilian coconut forests. Scientists have long wondered what possible reason there could be for a fungus to glow. They now have an answer. Researchers said on Thursday that experiments in Brazil involving the big, yellow mushroom called “flor de coco,” meaning coconut...

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