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Why Some Mushrooms Glow in the Dark

It helps them distribute their spores

(Newser) - If you catch them at the right time, some mushrooms have a pretty cool trick up their sleeves: They can glow in the dark. Some 71 of the 100,000 known species of fungus are bioluminescent, Reuters reports, and now researchers can explain why. It's about reproduction, a study... More »

A Bioluminescent Bay Has Suddenly Gone Dark

Change threatens tourist economy of Puerto Rico's Vieques

(Newser) - Puerto Rico's Mosquito Bay has long awed visitors with its magical glow, the result of plankton called dinoflagellates that "shimmer." This year, however, what Gizmodo dubs "one of the world's most spectacular natural sights" has gone dark. In January, the bay—located about 10 miles... More »

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