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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What was King Philip really up to?

What was King Philip really up to?

King Philip came over for good spaghetti. I've heard the story many times since I was in high school, though the object of his majesty’s desire is not always the same. Most versions claim that he was looking for some sort of food:good spaghetti, garden salads, Genoa salami.  Other more salacious tales allege that his royal highness came over for good sex. It turns out that this is a very simplified version of a much more complex tale.

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