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North American Newt & Salamander Populations Are Being Threatened By A Horrifying Flesh-Eating Fungus

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While Americans worry about catching Ebola, the newts and salamanders are worried about something else entirely!

Whether or not these amphibians know it, a deadly fungus is headed for the states, and it could devastate their populations!

University of Maryland researcher Carly Muletz explained:

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Today's Curry Debacle's Leaves Bad Aftertaste In Viewers Mouths, GMA Is Rewarded

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Ann Curry Matt Lauer Viewers Switching To GMA

Maybe Ann Curry left a sinking ship at just the right time!

ABC's Good Morning America kicked Today's post-Curry butt in overall viewers on Friday, pulling in almost 400k more viewers over all!!

Backlash is a b*tch!

Savannah Guthrie made her official debut alongside Matt Lauer on July 9, it will be interesting to see what

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Company Creating Biodegradable Packaging From Mushrooms!

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Mushrooms are used for a lot of things, including ingredients in a lot of your favorite recipes and a cheap trip into the deepest depths of your mind, but two former mechanical engineering and design students have figured out away to utilize the fungi for packing material!

Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre use mycelium — a term for the hidden "roots" of mushrooms found under dirt and wood — to create an eco-friendly packaging alternatives to plastic foams. Unlike the material you will commonly find inside the same box as a new television, their company's product breaks down between six and nine months, so it's okay to include in a compost pile.

Ecovative Design, which has been steadily growing over the past five years, mixes mycelium with pasteurized seed husks or plant stalks to create their packaging pieces. Yes, it's as edible as it sounds, but certainly not recommended or tasty.

On top of already cushioning products from companies like Dell Inc. and Crate and Barrel, Evovative is using their "low-tech biotech" to create car bumpers and shoes!

That's right, mushroom shoes are not that far off, along with all sorts of fungis fueled products like roofing material that can repair itself!

Pretty cool, right?

If it can be made from plastic, the young entrepreneurs believe it can be made from mushrooms!

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Fungus-Encrusted Silkworms Treat Impotency?!

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That is the rumor - and people are paying big money for them!

At about $800 an ounce, older men are on the hunt for the dead bodies of silkworms to cure impotency. There is no immediate reaction, but a little every day is said to put a pep in your step.

The drug known as "yarsagumba" or "dong chong xia cao" is called Himalayan Viagra. These insects come from Nepal, where they are att
attacked by the beige fungus, cordyceps sinensis, that kills and entombs them.

Thomas Leung, owner of Chinese herbal pharmacy, Kamwo, said:

"It's like the ultimate invasion of the body snatchers. It would cost you about $200 per serving. It's hard to come by, and the demand for it is very high because of there's a lot of hype."

The worms are picked by peasants and even children in the isolated villages along the Annapurna trail.

But it is not without controversy! Competition for the insects have led to violence, including mobs murdering poachers.

Leung adds that the sudden interest may be based on folklore as opposed to serious Eastern medicine. The substance has be used to treat lung and kidney problems for centuries.

He added:

"The kidneys are responsible for sexual and reproductive functions, so people kind of stretch that and say, 'Well if you consume this, you'll have that.'
Very few people who sell this are going to tell you that, because they want to keep the hype up.

People always ask, 'Is it really that good?' And I say, 'It's not $800 good.'"

Ha. There you have it! Just crazy.

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