'Forbidden' mushrooms as medicine
February 2nd, 2012
02:27 PM ET

'Forbidden' mushrooms as medicine

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

(CNN) - Paul Stamets was shy as a child; he couldn't look people in the eyes, so he stared at the ground. And that, he says, is where he found mushrooms.

Today, that shyness has faded, but mushrooms are even more of a focal point.

Stamets is one of the most prominent proponents of using mushrooms for medicinal purposes. Besides traveling the world to look for exotic mushrooms, he also lectures about them and runs a mushroom supplement company with his wife called Fungi Perfecti.


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In Mauritania, sunny with a chance of locusts
February 2nd, 2012
01:06 PM ET

In Mauritania, sunny with a chance of locusts

By John D. Sutter, CNN

Nouakchott, Mauritania (CNN) - In this outpost in the Sahara Desert, scientists are working feverishly to add a “Biblical problem” to the weather forecasts:

Locust swarms.

The Desert Locust Center here in the capital of Mauritania, an enormous and sandy West-African country, is employing all kinds of technology - from “eLocust” computing devices to satellite images and crowdsourced locust reports from desert nomads who carry mobile phones - to try to predict when and where these bugs may congregate by the billions.

The hope is to be able to predict the swarms like weather events. FULL POST

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