Molecule of the Month: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

Molecule of the Month: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, a molecule commonly referred to as LSD, has been known for its recreational "benefits". Musicians write songs about it, artists draw inspiration from it, Disney makes films about it, intellectuals state they have had breakthroughs with its use, and druggies rave about it.  Is LSD really what people claim it to be or is it all just hype? 

This article delves into the facts and fiction behind this popular molecule with an aim to find out.

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What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

Fungal taxonomy may not be the world's most exciting subject, but those whom it does interest approach it with a passion. Over centuries of identification, classification, intense debate, and re-classification, even the most obscure fungi can end up with colorful histories that raise important philosophical questions about how we deal with the problem of naming things. Take a journey into the past with a shelf fungus called Ganoderma applanatum and see biology evolve from a gentleman's hobby into a complex science.

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