A Fun-gi to the Science of Bioluminescence

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Bioluminescent fungi on a branch
Scientists have figured out what causes fungi to shine.

A group of scientists have discovered what causes fungi to glow in the dark. It turns out that it is a very similar process to what fireflies and angler fish use. Another case of convergent evolution, the idea that unrelated organisms can evolve to have similar characteristics.

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A Fun-gi to the Science of Bioluminescence
Nathaniel Scharping
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Jesse Rogerson, PhD

As a passionate science communicator, Jesse Rogerson loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. He co-developed a science communication workshop for Canadian science professionals, to instruct them in more effective methods of communicating their science. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and recently published a peer-reviewed paper in The Astrophysical Journal. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.