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Dreidhen t1_iwgufcs wrote

>When they extracted and dried out the skin, they found it is flexible, a good insulator, can withstand temperatures of more than 200°C (390°F) and has a thickness similar to that of a sheet of paper – good properties for a circuit’s substrate.

Mushrooms are amazing


Trosque97 t1_iwgyucl wrote

Reminds me of that one species in All Tomorrow's that breeds biotechnology


buzzjimsky t1_iwh11dv wrote

Humans are more closely related to mushrooms and other fungus than they are to trees and plants... humans and fungi breath oxygen and expel co2.. trees and other plants do the opposite

We in the same family


Sanquinity t1_iwh54hc wrote

So biological computers. The future that sci-fi predicted, here we come!


cvntis4 t1_iwh7rk2 wrote

i don't think this quite fits a 'biological computer,' in that case the circuit would be designed to work synchronously with the nervous system of the mushroom, not just fitted on top of nonliving skin


reddiots-lmao t1_iwhcl88 wrote

And a snack in a pinch! Mushroom wafers, anyone?


911derbread t1_iwhshz4 wrote

Hey, it appears you don't quite understand how plants function. Plants indeed reduce oxygen to H2O to make ATP, the energy chemical all living things must produce. They do it with the same enzyme, ATP synthase, that every living organism on earth possesses. They do this by oxidizing carbohydrates into CO2 through the same reactios we do.

What plants are also able to do is harvest the energy in sunlight to turn CO2 and water back into carbohydrates. Because most of their structure is made of carbohydrates and carbohydrate compounds, they must do a lot of this, so they net consume CO2 and produce O2.


ubermeisters t1_iwhy17l wrote

> The base of computer chips and batteries tends to be made from unrecyclable plastic, but using skin from a certain species of mushroom instead would reduce electronic waste so, what batteries use plastic as a main material? none that I'm aware of, they are all metal bodied, or plastic shell around metal body in more rare cases like cameras etc.


Freshcut100 t1_iwimg22 wrote

Computer Science has reached the point where we are Wizards harnessing lightning by channeling it through rocks, precious metals, and mushrooms in order to solve the questions of the universe and communicate with others through vast distances. My new name will be Redbeard the Jolly and you will respect my lightning magic!


diox8tony t1_iwiw4y3 wrote

But why fix the recycling of computer chips? Those are only 1-2% of the electronics.....need to recycle circuit boards, or connectors


acebandaged t1_iwoelen wrote

Mushrooms use something similar for communication between fruiting bodies, specifically sending electrical signals over distances using mycelial threads called hyphae. Within the fruiting bodies (what people think of as mushrooms), I believe it's mostly chemical signaling. Plants also generally use chemical signals, via releasing VOCs, secreting chemicals into the soil, or by sending them through the same channels used for water and nutrients.