Fungus Accelerates Spores At 180K g (Video)

Clever scientists use 250,000 frames-per-second cameras to capture the spore discharge processes evolved among the fungi.

Those with the longest ranges are powered by hydrostatic pressure and include “squirt guns” that are most common in the Ascomycota and Zygomycota. In these fungi, fluid-filled stalks that support single spores or spore-filled sporangia, or cells called asci that contain multiple spores, are pressurized by osmosis.

Behold the video, set to the Anvil Chorus from Il Travatore.


(Fungus releases spores at 180,000 gs acceleration)

I know what you're thinking - there must be some sort of way to weaponize this kind of biological discharge. It just so happens that this very process is part of a devastating war between the humans and the slinkies in Gary Shockley's 1984 short story The Coming of the Goonga.

In the story, which is told from the point of view of the aliens, human beings land on an alien planet inhabited by small creatures who use other animals to fire weapons at great speed.

"Op!" the conjuremaster Pedeet barks my name. I shake free of entrancement and see that inattention has let my goonga grow restless. (Awakener [one of the human crew] calls our goongas "bagpipes," but I prefer our name). It is trying to belly out. That would kink its eight long snouts or dislodge the slender hollow reeds we have fitted in the ends. Jentzoot and Kamin prod it from this urge while I apply myself to fondling. Soon it quivers with only one wish. I communicate this fact to the pointers, who load; then I slip around to the glands. ...I fondle and squeeze. We hear... the coming of the goonga.

This latter is a sharp "whoof" almost a thunderclap, and the goonga's fierce compaction sends me sprawling.

[Awakener] looks down upon her own body and sees the eight fibrillances piercing her chest and stomach, pinning her against the structure behind.

You're probably thinking to yourself that this must be a very bizzare story. You have no idea. Unfortunately, the only place that I know to find it is in The 1985 Annual World's Best SF edited by Donald A. Wollheim.

From The Fastest Flights in Nature via /..

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 10/7/2008)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 1 )

Related News Stories - (" Biology ")

Amazing 'Hybrid' Solar-Powered Sea Slug Does Photosynthesis
Thank goodness for Star Trek.

Should You Submit Your DNA To A Database?
Consumer DNA services are often inaccurate.

Humans Evolve Deep Diving Abilities
Sounds like '60s sci-fi to me.

Researchers Create Bowls, Coils, Ripples Of Living Tissue
'... biological robots were not living creatures.' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1972.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Las Vegas Humans Ready To Strike Over Robots
'A worker replaced by a nubot... had to be compensated.'

You'll Regrow That Limb, One Day
'... forcing the energy transfer which allowed him to regrow his lost fingers.'

Elon Musk Seeks To Create 1941 Heinlein Speedster
'The car surged and lifted, clearing its top by a negligible margin.'

Somnox Sleep Robot - Your Sleepytime Cuddlebot
Science fiction authors are serious about sleep, too.

Real-Life Macau or Ghost In The Shell
Art imitates life imitates art.

Has Climate Change Already Been Solved By Aliens?
'I had explained," said Nessus, "that our civilisation was dying in its own waste heat.'

First 3D Printed Human Corneas From Stem Cells
Just what we need! Lots of spare parts.

VirtualHome: Teaching Robots To Do Chores Around The House
'Just what did I want Flexible Frank to do? - any work a human being does around a house.'

Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) Workshop
SF writers have thought about this since the 19th century.

Nanorobots Roam Your Bloodstream, Cleaning It
Too bad they won't have lasers, though...

Galini 3D Printed Sleeping Pod Tiny Houses
'The houses are prefabricated units...'

MIT Boffins Create Psychopath AI On Purpose
There's a lesson in this for neural net AI engineers everywhere.

Skin Electronics 3D Printed
'June's body is a tracery of lambent lines, like some arcane capillary circuitry...'

Artificial Sensory Neurons For Prosthetics, Robots
Great for humans and robots!

China Uses Artificial Intelligence To Grade Student Papers
Looks like the City Fathers are starting to take over China's education system.

Electronic Tongues Will Rule The Kitchen
'Install taste buds in the end of one tentacle...'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.