The 33rd Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival

? WHEN: 15-19, August 2014
? WHERE: W. Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO

The 33rd Telluride Mushroom Festival celebrates the many uses of fungi (all things mycology).  Fungi serve many purposes--from breaking down plant cellulose in nature to creating nutrients for plants, to serving as food and medicine for people, to acting as bio-remediators to filter and break down toxic land like oil spills and agricultural run off. 

Citizen Science: Amateur Ain’t a Dirty Word (by )

A very far eastern Dendrocollybia…

on the right: A very far eastern Dendrocollybia… Read on for details.

*With a title containing the terms “Amateur” and “hard and messy”, this post better get some traffic…*

So! There’s been a lot of trollish, flamey, someone-is-wrong-on-the-internet-style discussions over at Mushroom Observer recently, and despite the entertainment value, I thought a blog post might help quell the animosity and clear up some of the common outstanding questions and misconceptions under discussion.

The discussions revolve around Citizen Science and the associated questions: How does it work? Is it really science? Am I a citizen scientist? If so, is there a cure?


Origami Microscope?

photo of an Origami microscope, the Foldscope

From an article in the Economist June 7-13 issue, Stanford’s Prakash Lab has engineered a folding microscope made of a sheet of paper. Yes, it is indeed an Origami microscope.  It can be used outdoors, is strong enough to survive a drop from a second story window, and is somewhat water resistant.  It was developed with the idea of promoting science in undeveloped countries as well as in education...