Clean Energy from Mushrooms
Created 11/17/2008 8:35:16 AM 
Even the most environmentally-conscious among us use batteries containing toxic substances on a daily basis and most fuel cells and batteries contain a core of heavy metals, which are expensive and pollute the environment. Now UK chemists have discovered a property in the mushroom enzyme "Laccase" that could revolutionize the way fuel cells are produced. They discovered that the substance is every bit as effective as a catalyst on fuel cell electrodes as platinum.
Grow your own Insulation and Save Money
Created 1/22/2008 7:28:36 AM 
Although mushrooms were only useful as culinary garnishes (or in some communities as hallucinogenics as well), two students from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y have found a cool alternate way to use them. They created and patented Greensulate, an organic, fire-retardant board made of water, flour, oyster mushroom spores and perlite, a mineral blend found in potting soil, and are hoping the invention will soon be part of the growing market for eco-friendly products.

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