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Making Earth science adorable.

The Mycena lux-coeli mushrooms, known locally as shii no tomobishi-dake (literally, "chinquapin glow mushrooms"), sprout from fallen chinquapin trees. As they grow, a chemical reaction involving luciferin (a light-emitting pigment contained within the mushrooms) occurs, causing them to glow a ghostly green.

#Lava fields covered with moss in Vestur-Skaftafellssysla, Iceland

#Einstein Exhibit at American #Museum of #Science and Energy Oak Ridge Tennessee 1-12-1982 (82-7 DOE photo by Frank Hoffman by doe-oakridge, via Flickr)

A bacteriophage, a virus that infects bacteria. NOM NOM NOM.